Aga Khan IV Speeches' Ontology

Ontology refers to a taxonomy of concetps (classes/sets) and their logical relations. Although buidling ontology is not widely used to analyzse speeches, we think that it is an effective means to have a comprehensive idea of speeches we analyze.

The source of this ontology is the thematic analysis of the Aga Khan's speeches. While the thematic analysis is more objective (i.e., different researchers will find almost the same themes and concepts), ontology is more interpretive (i.e., two researchers can have different ontologies of the same speech, roughly speaking).

The easiest way to represent an ontology is a tree-like graph.

The professional way to represent an ontology is using OWL langauge or Description Logic, but then it will not be readible easily by people.

This ontology re-orders and sometimes redefines concepts of the Aga Khan's speeches (as presented in the thematic analysis) to make the whole ontology simple as much as possible and coherent. Therefore, we advise people to read firstly the thematic analysis before reading the ontology or the graph.

The "nested" text below represents the hierarchical relations between the concepts in the ontology and defines each concept (all the definitions are taken from the thematic analysis). However, this nested text does not show the relations between the concepts. The graph shows the relations.

Note that a sub-class (lower class/concept) from a parent class (upper class/concept) means that the child-class is imlpied by the parent class.