This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 1986 interview with Riad Naguib El-Rais, ‘The Critical Time’.

In this engaging interview, the Aga Khan discusses Islam’s image in the West with particular emphasis on the role Ismailis and all Muslims can play in the “‘humanistic infiltration’ of the industrial society in such a way that Islam may be looked upon not only as a religion, but also as a way of life, as a history of rare intensity, as a tradition and as a total culture.” A key plank in this effort, he explains, would be the introduction of Islam in school curricula, a matter which he characterises as “one of our rights”, though resisted. The Aga Khan also touches on his mandate as Imam and the distinction between “being Westernised” as opposed to embracing effective Western management practises.

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Riad Naguib El-Rais Interview, ‘The Critical Time’ (Al Mustaqbal, Cairo, Egypt)