On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Khalil Andani (PhD Candidate — Islamic Studies, Harvard University) presented his research paper, From Divine Diversity to the Single Soul: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism, at Boston University’s Conference on Religious Diversity. Khalil’s presentation took place two days after the Ismaili Imam delivered the Jodidi Lecture, titled The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World, at Harvard University.
The presentation discussed the following:
- Introduction to the Ismaili Imamat
- The Inseparability of Faith (Din) and World (Dunya)
- The Aga Khan on Pluralism
- The Theological Basis of Pluralism
- The Aga Khan on Cosmopolitan Ethics
- The Spiritual Roots of Cosmopolitan Ethics
About the presenter
Khalil Andani is a doctoral (Ph.D) candidate specializing in Islamic intellectual history, theology, philosophy, and mysticism at Harvard University and holds a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS 2014), specializing in Islamic philosophy and Ismaili thought, from Harvard University.
Khalil’s publications include a book chapter on Nasir-i Khusraw’s philosophical thought in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy, two articles on Ismaili Philosophy in Sacred Web, and an article on Ismaili views of the Crucifixion of Jesus in The Matheson Trust.
He was recently interviewed on CBC Radio about the Aga Khan Museum. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA-CPA) and has completed Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Waterloo (2008). Over the last few years, Khalil has been invited to deliver several guest lectures and conference presentations on various topics pertaining to Islamic thought and Ismaili philosophy.
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- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Samuel L & Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World, and his apres lecture conversation with Diana L. Eck at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, on November 12, 2015
- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Acceptance Address for the Tutzing Evangelical Academy’s Tolerance Award, Tutzing, Germany on May 20, 2006
- Beyond Relativism: The Aga Khan on Cosmopolitan Ethics, Pluralism and Personal Search
- Harvard Lecture — The Shia Ismaili Muslims by Khalil Andani