Karen Armstrong Lecture “Compassion or Toleration? Two Approaches to Pluralism” at Aga Khan Centre, London

On October 4th, 2018, Karen Armstrong, writer and religious historian, delivered the sixth Annual Pluralism Lecture titled “Compassion or Toleration? Two Approaches to Pluralism”.

Each person invited to give the Annual Pluralism Lecture is asked to reflect on how to build and strengthen pluralist societies. The Lecture is hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism, an independent, charitable organization founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada. It is based in Ottawa, Canada.

In her lecture, Ms. Armstrong spoke about the value of religion during what could be the “last gasp” of nationalism: “What the religions all tell us… [is] that enlightenment insists on overcoming the ego, letting the ego go. Nationalism is about ego, it’s about swelling the ego, and often that means excluding the other, as Lord Acton pointed out.”

Citing her current work on the scriptures of three of the world’s great religions, she went on to say that “the scriptures — all, in every tradition — say you have to work for the good of others, all others, not just those in your own camp, practically and creatively. That is the route to enlightenment.”

During his introduction, His Highness the Aga Khan remarked that “I think that one of the greatest challenges for the entire world will be finding ways in which we can all achieve a deeper understanding of the other, and what makes each of us distinct, as human beings and as communities. To achieve this vital goal, reflective, creative and empathetic thinkers and writers will be critically important.”

Over the last 20 years, Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, including Islam, Judaism and Christianity. She is the author of Islam: A Short History, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. She is also the author of two memoirs, Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into 45 languages. She is also a former Trustee of the British Museum and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Literature. Ms. Armstrong was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015.

The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, not-for-profit international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. Inspired by the example of Canada’s inclusive approach to citizenship, the Centre works to advance respect for diversity worldwide, believing that openness and understanding toward the cultures, social structures, values and faiths of other peoples are essential to the survival of an interdependent world.

Watch the Short Trailers to AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis

We have assembled a collection of various trailers to the documentary film AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis. We hope you enjoy watching them. We will be announcing full screenings of the film as we learn of them.

Documentary Films

We are excited to share information about the first documentary released in fifty years on Aga Khan, the spiritual leader and Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. More information on the film can be found at www.agakhanfilm.org/, where you can also support the filmmaker and rent or purchase a high-def version of the film. The trailer is below.

With the filmmakers’ permission, we are able to share a low-res version of the film below. And for a limited time, also with the filmmaker’s permission, if you contact us from our CONTACT page here at iadcinc.org, we can send you a link to a download of the actual hour-long, full resolution video FOR FREE!


AN ISLAMIC CONSCIENCE: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis (2 minute trailer)
(courtesy www.agakhanfilm.org)


An Islamic Conscience: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis

“For the past five decades the Aga Khan has been the spiritual leader and Imam of the Ismaili Muslims in a world that has changed dramatically. From the end of colonialism and the expulsion of the Asians in Uganda to the fall of the Iron Curtain and 9/11, the Aga Khan has struggled for a common humanity in a divided world.
And the divides are not just East and West but also within the Muslim World itself. The Ismaili Muslims have been persecuted in the past and their history has shaped them and their philosophy.
Who is the Aga Khan? Who are the Ismailis? And what do they have to say about our post 9/11 world? The Aga Khan vehemently says we are facing a clash of ignorance – not of civilizations or even of religions.
As the first documentary on the Aga Khan in almost fifty years and with a rare and exclusive interview with him, this is the film that needed to be made.”
Directed by: Bill Cran, Jane Chablani, Shamir Allibhai
Produced by: Shamir Allibhai



The Broghil Valley Chitral is an isolated and remote region of beauty and hardships, cut off from civilization as we know it.


Broghil Festival 2014
women on yaks


Boroghil, Chitral-Pakistan
~Ahmed Hasan


Sport of Yak Polo Anyone?
Remote Broghil Valley of Pakistan shows off sport

Afghanistan’s Emerald Mines (Hidden Gem Documentary)

“Afghanistan’s Emerald Mines (Hidden Gem Documentary) – Real Stories” & real reason for the bloodshed & invasion by Foreign nations, Taliban & Saudis!

Afghanistan is not only a country in perpetual turmoil, but also a geological miracle. Can they now harness 1,000 billion Euros worth of natural resources in order to lift the nation out of poverty?

Published by YouTube channel Real Stories

A Note from IADC Inc USA founder

I visited Aiglemont, Chantilly, Gouvieux, outside Paris, France, the home of His Highness the Aga Khan from Oct 25 – 30, 2015 to raise awareness about Chitral flooding & earthquake throughout the region and to set up a meeting with His Highness the Aga Khan.