Education in broad humanistic traditions

“The complexities of world problems and societies today require people educated in broad humanistic traditions in addition to the guidance and direction provided by the teaching of their religion. The history of the twentieth century is replete with examples of the danger of the systematic propagation and uncritical acceptance of dogmas, ideologies, and even theologies. More than ever, I believe that universities must shoulder the responsibility for contributing to the process of building the capacity for moral judgement in complex settings.”

Extract from the speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Centenary Celebration meeting of the Association of American Universities, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2001.


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