The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program warmly welcome you to the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture
His Highness the Aga Khan
“The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World”
His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, a global, multiethnic community whose members comprise a wide diversity of cultures, languages, and nationalities. The Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims in 1957 at the age of twenty. He has emphasized the view of Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith: one that teaches compassion and tolerance and that upholds the dignity of man.
Since taking on his role, the Aga Khan has been committed to improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations, while emphasizing the need to uphold human dignity as well as respect for tolerance and pluralism. His Highness accomplishes this through the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, international, and nondenominational agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in specific regions of the developing world.
After the lecture there will be a conversation with:
Diana L. Eck
Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University; Member of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School; Harvard College Professor; and Director, Pluralism Project at Harvard University.