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Where Hope Takes Root: Democracy and Pluralism in an Interdependent World

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In this remarkable collection of talks given over the past five years, the Aga Khan surveys the modern world and sets out the principles that inform his vision for change. Again and again, he returns to three cornerstones: democracy, pluralism, and civil society. Democracy, he writes, is always fragile, requiring nurturing in ways that are practical and flexible. Pluralism ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Douglas & McIntyre
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Aug 28, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing
I have read several speeches of His Highness and found that I had previously read many that were compiled in this book. However, what was so interesting to me was the consistent messaging surrounding the necessary components for a successful civilization: pluralism, democratic process, and civil society. He defines and explains what he means by each and also defines his role as the Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and his work within the AKDN. It was also very interesting to note the way in whic ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Saba rated it really liked it
Great Resource for MSC volume 2
I had the honour to borrow this book from an Ismaili Muslim and am very grateful that I had that opportunity as this book was engaging, thought-provoking and inspiring!

His Highness the Aga Khan makes eloquent references time and time again about the "clash of ignorance" and strongly believes in democracy and the democratic process, especially when all parties are participatory. He believes in civil society and most importantly, working within a culture of pluralism. In fact, celebrating pluralis
May 10, 2012 Yasin rated it it was amazing
Very good book about Imam Ali and the spiritual inner meaning behind his massage.Imam Ali is the master of all Sufi paths in Islam.
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“For too long some of our schools have taught too many subjects as subsets of dogmatic commitments...Too often, education made our students less flexible- confident to the point of arrogance that they now had all the answers- rather than more flexible- humble in their lifelong openness to new questions and new responses. An important goal of quality education is to equip each generation to participate effectively in what has been called 'the great conversation' of our times. This means, on one hand, being unafraid of controversy. But, on the other hand, it also means being sensitive to the values and outlooks of others.” 7 likes
“For the developing world, the past half-century has been a time of recurring hope and frequent disappointment. Great waves of change have washed over the landscape, from the crumbling of colonial hegemonies in mid-century to the recent collapse of Communist empires. But too often, what rushed in to replace the old order were empty hopes-not only in the false allure of state socialism, non-alignment and single-party rule, but also the false glories of romantic nationalism and narrow tribalism, and the false dawn of runaway individualism.” 2 likes
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