In his 2005 Jeune Afrique interview the Aga Khan made, what is perhaps, one of his most significant statements. He said, “the ethics of Islam guide all my activity.” The depth of these few words are the foundation upon which all the awards have been accorded. In essence, the awards represent the world’s enthusiastic endorsement of the ethics and principles of Islam as interpreted and practiced without compromise by the Aga Khan. One of these principles, the Aga Khan has explained, is the Qur’an’s “affirmation of the primacy of the intellect” and when viewed from an intellectual dimension this global endorsement is even more profound.
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