Pluralism Quotes

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  • A secure pluralistic society requires communities that are educated and confident both in the identity and depth of their own traditions and in those of their neighbours.
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Address at the Leadership and Diversity Conference Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 19, 2004

  • At few periods in modern history, has the mission of building pluralistic societies been more important than at present. Celebrating the diversity of perspectives and opinions, faiths and cultures, languages and traditions is a prerequisite to building harmonious and successful societies.
    o Firoz Rasul, President of Aga Khan University, Address to the 2006 Convocation of the Aga Khan University – Karachi, Pakistan, December 2, 2006

  • Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development, it is vital to our existence.
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Speech at the Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun’s Tomb Gardens – New Delhi, India, April 15, 2003 (AKDN)

  • Pluralist societies are not accidents of history. They are a product of enlightened education and continuous investment by governments and all of civil society in recognizing and celebrating the diversity of the world’s peoples.
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Speech on Democratic Development, Pluralism and Civil Society delivered at the Nobel Institute – Oslo, Norway, April 7, 2005 (AKDN)

  • The spirit of the Knowledge Society is the spirit of Pluralism—a readiness to accept the Other, indeed to learn from him, to see difference as an opportunity rather than a threat.
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Address to the 2006 Convocation of the Aga Khan University – Karachi, Pakistan, December 2, 2006

  • Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other peoples’ cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world.
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Speech at the Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun’s Tomb Gardens – New Delhi, India, April 15, 2003 (AKDN)

  • We cannot make the world safe for democracy unless we also make the world safe for diversity
    o His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, May 15, 2006 (AKDN)

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