This week’s selection is Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III’s 1902 All India Muhammadan Educational Conference Presidential Address, Muslim Education in India.

Though made over 110 years ago, during his appeals for support to establish Aligarh University, in this important speech the Aga Khan decrys the “general apathy which pervades every walk of life” of the Ummah. Observing that “this disease cannot be assigned to any one single cause, but … four causes which, in my judgement, have had a paramount influence in introducing this apathy, this moral torpor, into Muslim society,” the Aga Khan elaborates on each of the four. Given aspects of the causes he outlines still influence segments of the Ummah today, 110 years later, this speech is as relevant today as when it was made in 1902.

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All India Muhammadan Educational Conference Presidential Address, ‘Muslim Education in India’ (Delhi, India)

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