History of Learning and of Advancement

“As one looks back over the history of learning and of advancement, one sees time and again that centres of learning flourished in strong, outward-looking cultures. Great universities and libraries benefited from the nurturing conditions provided by self-confident civilisations and in turn gave back to those civilisations the useful products of scholarship. The strong university was not a sign of government’s weakness, but rather its aspirations and its strength. In the great expansion of Muslim culture from the 8th through the 11th century, centres of learning flourished from Persia to Andalusia.”— Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Tenth Anniversary Convocation of The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, November 19, 1994

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