We need in the “Ummah” to move away from the normative attitudes towards the acceptance of pluralism of the “Ummah”, and that pluralism starts from the time of the Prophet himself and “Hadith” (Sayings of the Prophet Mohammad) as well as the Prophet’s historical footprints show that in the life time of the Prophet himself he knew that there would be pluralism in the interpretation of the faith.

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HH the Aga Khan expressed hope that pluraliism can prevail in the Islamic world, in addition to tolerance and pluralism, linguistic pluralism and pluralism in the interpretation of faith.The Aga Khan, talking to a select group of reporters in Geneva, added that he will be working with Canada to establish a global centre for pluralism.

We need in the “Ummah” to move away from the normative attitudes towards the acceptance of pluralism of the “Ummah”, and that pluralism starts from the time of the Prophet himself and “Hadith” (Sayings of the Prophet Mohammad) as well as the Prophet’s historical footprints show that in the life time of the Prophet himself he knew that there would be pluralism in the interpretation of the faith.

Asked about the challenges he faces in the new Century the Aga Khan said that ethics is one of those issues, meaning that the absence of such values impedes development, in the sense that corruption across the board is that which calls for a revitalization of values and ethics. Pluralism and Ethics, he stressed are two of the forces that are of concern for all of “us” today.

The Aga Khan was addressing the select group of reporters on the occasion of the merger of the Bellerive Foundation with the Aga Khan Foundation which would result in the creation of USD 10 million Fund dedicated to environmental projects and named in the memory of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan…. The Aga Khan noted that his foundation will continue to concentrate more heavily on Central Asia, but would look for research capabilities in Europe, North America and Asia, which are lacking in Central Asia.

The Aga Khan noted that his foundation will continue to concentrate more heavily on Central Asia, but would look for research capabilities in Europe, North America and Asia, which are lacking in Central Asia.

On the earthquake regions in Central Asia, the Aga Khan noted that his foundation did assist in seismic regions, and that his Foundation will be involved in the reconstruction of a number of areas, and some planning has been done for Bam, following its dreadful earthquake, and on both sides of Kashmir, and looking at areas of risk.

This is a very complex exercise, and includes educating high mountain peoples to build differently than what they have done traditionally. (1)

Responding to the issue of poverty and despair, he said that the fact that despair could be replaced by hope through the Aga Khan Foundation projects does have an impact on people’s willingness to look to the future with confidence and very often that is the key issue.

We are trying to create new processes of change, and encourage others to look at those new forms of change and to assist them to create capacities, and this is where education comes in.

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  1. Note by NanoWisdoms: Auroville Earth Institute (presently the representative for Asia of the UNESCO Chair “Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development”) is a non-profit research organisation which has, over the last 30 years developed low-cost technology for self-built seismic resistant homes and community buildings. For more information visit: http://www.earth-auroville.com/

    Gujarat rehabilitation after the 2001 earthquake — almost 3,000 self-built seismic resistant homes built in one year
    http://www.earth-auroville.com/?nav=menu&pg=disaster&id1=16&lang_code=en

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