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

Hardcover | April 17, 2008

byAga KhanIntroduction byAndrienne Clarkson

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One of the world's most influential leaders discusses pluralism, democracy and Canada's potential for world leadership.

In Where Hope Takes Root, a collection of talks given over the past six years, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims-a sizable number of whom live in Canada-sets out the principles that inform his vision of peaceful, productive societies. He returns again and again to the three cornerstones upon which his many years of work in the developing world are based: democracy, pluralism and civil society. Democracy, always fragile, must be nurtured in practical and flexible ways, he says. Pluralism must be embraced in both fact and spirit. And engaged civil society, which the Aga Khan defines broadly as including doctors' and journalists' associations, women's groups, social movements and village organizations, must be actively supported in countries around the globe.

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One of the world's most influential leaders discusses pluralism, democracy and Canada's potential for world leadership. In Where Hope Takes Root, a collection of talks given over the past six years, the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims-a sizable number of whom live in Canada-sets out the principles that inform his visi...

His Highness the Aga Khan is the forty-ninth hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He assumed the office of the Imamat in July 1957, making 2007 the Golden Jubilee of his spiritual leadership. The Aga Khan Development Network, a group of institutions and agencies, including non-profit hospitals and schools, is present in over th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.63 inPublished:April 17, 2008Language:English

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(contents and speech titles to be confirmed) 1. Annual Meeting of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Tashkent, Uzbekistan - May 20032. Governor General's Leadership Conference, Gatineau, Quebec - May 20043. Annual Conference of German Ambassadors, Berlin, Germany - September 20044. Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway - April 20055. Evora University Symposium on "Cosmopolitan Society, Human Safety, and Rights in Plural and Peaceful Societies," Portugal - February 20066. Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs - May 20067. Tutzing Evangelical Academy upon Receiving the "Tolerance" Prize - May 20068. University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, upon Receiving an Honorary Doctorate, Toronto, Canada - June 20069. Signing Ceremony for the Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada - October 2006