Forging pluralistic societies — By Dr Shenila Khoja-Moolji on Tribune com

Recently, an American congressman, Steve King, tweeted, “Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.” We witness similar debates in Pakistan, particularly in the context of refugees, tribal groups and religious interpretations. We must recognise, however, that assimilation seeks to preserve the hegemony of those in…

His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Canada — The Ismaili

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Ottawa earlier this evening, commencing a visit to Canada that will include attending the Global Pluralism Award ceremony as well as meeting with the Jamat of Eastern Canada. Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by AKDN Resident Representative for Canada Dr Mahmoud Eboo, President Malik Talib and Vice-President Karima Karmali of…

India and Canada: pathways to inclusive citizenship — Global Centre for Pluralism / Watch the event video and view the photo Gallery

October 30, 2014 | Pluralism Forum Why do some societies live together peacefully with diversity, while others struggle? On October 30, 2014, over 100 people joined the Centre to help us explore the sources of civic inclusion in India and Canada. Our fifth Pluralism Forum featured Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada) and Rajeev Bhargava (Centre…

Joanne Chianello: Why city should think twice about granting Aga Khan rezoning request — Opinion on Ottawa Citizen com

Ottawa’s downtown core is becoming a cultural wasteland Citizen columnist Joanne Chianello writes about issues affecting Ottawa residents. By Joanne Chianello, OTTAWA CITIZEN The Global Centre for Pluralism is a fantastic idea. The brainchild of the Aga Khan Foundation — in partnership with the federal government — the three-year-old Ottawa-based research institute’s work helps societies…

Group rights: cultural difference or economic and political power? — Pluralism Forum at Global Centre for Pluralism Canada

October 3, 2013 | Pluralism Forum On October 3, 2013, constitutional scholar and advisor Sujit Choudhry (NYU Center for Constitutional Transitions) and moderator Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations) joined over 100 people at the Global Centre for Pluralism for a lively dialogue about the drivers of group rights claims in divided societies. Group rights are…

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Centre for Pluralism while introducing Kofi Annan, who delivered the Pluralism Lecture

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Centre for Pluralism while introducing Kofi Annan, who delivered the Pluralism Lecture 24 May 2013 Please also see:  H.E. Kofi Annan’s Lecture Your Excellency the Governor General Mrs Johnston Ministers Excellencies Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen: I am delighted to welcome all of you to…

Kofi Annan warns that increasing sectarian conflict in Syria risks entrenching crisis and sparking regional spillover — Canada News Wire (CNW)

Former UN Secretary-General highlights critical challenge of managing pluralism in a globalised world OTTAWA, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will today warn that the crisis in Syria risks becoming more entrenched, and may potentially explode beyond the country’s borders, as a result of its increasingly sectarian nature. Delivering the annual…

Muslim commitment to America on 911 – WMC org’s article on Aga Khan, Eboo Patel, Mike Ghouse and many Muslims efforts towards building pluralistic societies

Insha Allah; the full article will appear at Huffington Post  in a few days. Here are a few key paragraphs. Americans Muslims are fully committed to a strong, peaceful, prosperous and a secure America. As Americans we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. Our faith reinforces the creed of “One Nation under…

Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing Khushiali – Government of Canada

Ottawa, July 11, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Khushiali (Imamat Day): “Every year on this date, Ismailis in Canada and around the world celebrate the anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims….

Architect Bruce Kuwabara receives Order of Canada honours – Daily Commercial News com

Architect Bruce Kuwabara, a founding partner in Toronto’s Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects, has been invested as an officer of the Order of Canada. “snip” He is currently design architect for projects including the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the Departments of Economics and International Initiatives at Princeton University, the new Kellogg School of…

Nazeer Aziz Ladhani,Project director for graduate professional education at the Aga Khan University – one of the panelists at DW Global Media Forum 2012

 Source: http://www.dw.de/dw/0,,30958,00.html ***** The fifth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will take place from 25 to 27 June 2012 in Bonn. “Culture. Education. Media – Shaping a Sustainable World” is title of this international conference. We are all part of a global society overflowing with information that can be accessed practically anywhere and at any time….