Where Hope Takes Root by Aga Khan
Democracy and Pluralism in an Independent 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 must be embraced so that it exists in both fact and spirit. And a diverse and engaged civil society, which he broadly defines as including doctors' and journalists' associations, women's groups, social movements, and trade unions, must be supported in countries around the globe. In a world too often divided along economic, political, ethnic, and religious lines, the Aga Khan's words are welcome, going right to the heart of the most difficult challenges the world faces today. Eloquent, inspiring, and deeply challenging, they express hope and conviction that profound change is possible.

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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. During that time he has worked on an international scale to improve living conditions and foster social, cultural and economic opportunities for women and men in the developing world. The Aga Khan Development Network, which he established in 1980, encompasses foundations, universities and programs in thirty countries, including Aga Khan Foundation Canada. One of the AKDN's most recent projects is the Global Centre for Pluralism—a testament to His Highness's vision of Canada as a successful pluralist society—which will be established in Ottawa in co-operation with the government of Canada. His Highness the Aga Khan has received numerous awards, distinctions and honorary doctorates for his service to humanity. In 2005, he was invested as an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. He makes his home in Chantilly, France.
Published May 28, 2008 by Douglas & McIntyre. 146 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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