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Pluralism means people of diverse backgrounds and interests coming together in organizations of varying types and goals, for different kinds and forms of creative expression

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam to Canada 2016-05-17

Hazar Imam in Ottawa 2016-05-17

Ottawa, 17 May 2016 — This afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam was at at Parliament Hill, where he received a warm welcome from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome a dear friend to Canada, a dear friend to my family as well,” said Prime Minister Trudeau.

The pair met in the Prime Minister’s office at Centre Block to discuss “pluralism, diversity and all the things that Canada can contribute to offering more peace and stability in the world,” according to the Prime Minister.

If Mohammed and Jonathan and Njoroge can take School certificate together...

If Mohammed and Jonathan and Njoroge can take School certificate together, the chances are that they would get to understand each other far better than their parents were able to.

His Highness the Aga Khan Delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University 2015-11-12

Hazar Imam delivering the Jodidi Lecture at Memorial Church, Harvard University 2015-11-12


Mark Elliott, Vice Provost
Michele Lamont, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Ali Asani, Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion
Members of the Harvard Community
Distinguished Guests

Thank you for your warm welcome.

Introductory Remarks by H.H. The Aga Khan at the Annual Pluralism Event at the Aga Khan Museum 2015-05-28

Annual Pluralism Lecture 2015
Introductory Remarks
His Highness the Aga Khan
Toronto, Canada – May 28, 2015

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Madame Adrienne Clarkson
Your Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Chers amis, permettez moi de vous souhaiter la bienvenue à la quatrième Conférence annuelle
sur le pluralisme que nous avons le plaisir d’organiser pour la première fois au Musée Aga Khan
de Toronto. Ces conférences offrent une plateforme unique pour le dialogue international et

Introductory remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan 2015-05-28


May 28, 2015 | Annual Pluralism Lecture 2015

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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.
Chief Justice of Canada


21st Century Challenges to the Human Rights Movement

How can we live together? That is the fundamental challenge of the modern world. Together, democracy and human rights offer a hopeful response: we must build political communities that not only tolerate, but draw on and celebrate, their internal diversity.

The Aga Khan: the singular appeal of a pluralist

The Globe and Mail

This week, the Aga Khan will be in Ottawa to address a joint session of Parliament, a signal honour reserved for a handful of extraordinary people who have a special relationship with Canada.

It is not hard to understand why this country is special to the Aga Khan, who for more than 50 years has been the spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Shocked in 1972 when Uganda suddenly expelled anyone of Asian descent, including thousands of Ismailis, he turned to Pierre Elliott Trudeau in his search for a haven.


Aga Khan hails Canada for getting pluralism right - 2010-10-15


In a world where technology and human migration push people of differing backgrounds increasingly “in each other’s face,” spiritual leader the Aga Khan hailed Canada as a country that has got pluralism right.

The religious leader — imam — of the world’s 14 million Shia Ismaili Muslims praised this country for allowing citizens to keep their identity as they become Canadian.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan: The LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture - 2010-10-15


The Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, Mr. John Ralston Saul, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames et Messieurs:

When I first received this invitation, I was deeply honored. But I was also, perhaps, a bit intimidated.

I was impressed by the Lecture’s prestigious history, the contributions of nine former Lecturers, and the Lecture’s focus on Canada’s civic culture.

Obama appoints First Ismaili Muslim Eboo Patel to his Inter Faith Council - 2009-02-11

Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel was featured on FACES OF FAITH ( Promoting Religious Tolerance ) Interview on CNN.

Washington: The US President, Barack Obama, on Thursday appointed an Indian American to his new advisory council on inter faith relationships.

Eboo S Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Corps, would be a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The council announced Thursday it would have 25 members, who will be appointed for a one-year term. However, fifteen members to the council were announced today.

Faith and Pluralism - 2006

MP3 Stereo 22kHz 32Kbps (CBR) 69:55 minutes (16.01 MB)

Lecture by Mahmood Eboo at Chataqua on Dec 11, 2006
Please download this file and listen to it on your computer.


His Highness the Aga Khan is greeted on Parliament Hill by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. 2006-1


Prime Minister Harper
Honorable Ministers
Your Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It was just eighteen months ago that the Government of Canada announced its decision to partner with the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in our Global Centre for Pluralism. What we welcomed at that time was a multi-faceted partnership—financial, yes, but also institutional and intellectual.



February 12, 2006 Evora, Portugal: H. H. The Aga Khan speaking at the symposium said,"But even to attribute the problem to ignorance is in no way to minimise its importance, he said. “In a pluralistic world, the consequences of ignorance can be profoundly damaging.


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