His Highness the Aga Khan’s vision on Education : Excerpts

Education must also make the case for a pluralistic tradition in which other views, ethnicities, religions and perspectives are valued not only because that is just and good, but also because pluralism is the climate best suited for creativity, curiosity and inquiry to thrive. It must also stimulate students to consider a variety of perspectives…

Ten Arguments for the Necessity of the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an

Given the prevalence and popularity of overly literal and outward interpretations of the Qur’an in today’s climate, the present article offers ten arguments demonstrating that the Qur’an contains esoteric (batini) meanings and requires an esoteric interpretation – called ta’wil.This article offers a series of ten arguments to demonstrate that the Qur’an, by its own admission,…

His Highness the Aga Khan on dogma, myopia & asphyxiating policies vs research, innovation, creativity & pragmatism

“Professional standards and assumptions can provide a form of intolerance, pride and myopia as intractable as the rigidities of traditional societies.” His Highness the Aga Khan’s 1987 McMaster University Convocation Ceremony address (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) Read full speech at Nanowisdoms “[P]rogress is possible when complex issues are subjected to competent, intelligent, nuanced and sophisticated analysis,…

The Light of the Heart: Human Intellect

By Ismaili Gnosis “The light that lights the eye is also the light of the heart… but the light that lights the heart is the Light of God.” – Jalaluddin Rumi, as quoted by Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni   “Everywhere in recorded history light doubles for intelligibility, comprehension, understanding, and – underlying all of these…