Apr 17, 2008

The “cosmopolitan ethic” explored -theismaili.org

What is needed — all across the world — is a new “cosmopolitan ethic” — rooted in a strong culture of tolerance.— Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Tutzing Evangelical Academy upon receiving the “Tolerance” Award, 20 May 2006.

Walking the streets and bazaars of Cairo a thousand years ago, one would have come across people from places as diverse as Sicily, Yemen, Spain and Afghanistan. By today’s standards, Cairo would have been “cosmopolitan,” — a place where people from a wide range of ethnicities, cultures and religions lived in close proximity. Used by ancient philosophers to describe a universal love for humankind, cosmopolitanism has come to represent an ideal of all humanity belonging to a single moral community.

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