‘Clash of Ignorance’

“We are often told that increased contact among cultures will inevitably produce a ‘Clash of Civilizations,’ particularly between Islam and the West … The true problem we face is what I would call a ‘Clash of Ignorance’ — on both sides — one which neglects, for example, a long history of respect and cooperation between Islamic and western peoples, and their respective civilizations.”

Extract from the Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to graduates of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, May 15, 2006

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