This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2001 interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

In this wide ranging interview, made just 2 months after 911, the Aga Khan discusses:

  • 911,
  • the diversity of the Ummah,
  • various facets of Islam’s values including polygamy and why “We are further than the polygamy today” in some parts of the world,
  • his role as Imam,
  • the structure and purpose of the Ismaili community’s institutions,
  • and much, much more.

Particularly noteworthy was his emphatic characterisation of himself as a Muslim without any other identity, prompting the question “How can a man live without [a country of origin]?”. The Aga Khan replied, “But on the contrary, I am freer! I am much freer!”

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His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2001 Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International Interview (Aleppo, Syria and Lebanon)