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Tazim R. Kassam is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and South Asian Religions at The Colorado College. She received her Ph.D. at McGill University in the History of Religions and specialized in the Islamic and Hindu traditions. Her book, Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance (SUNY, 1995) offers a critical historical introduction to a major scholarly translation of the devotional hymns of Ismaili Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. Kassam is co-chair of the Study of Islam section of the American Academy of Religion, a Lilly Teaching Scholar, and a recipient of an NEH fellowship for college professors. Her interests include gender and development issues, computer-based learning technologies, and community service.

 

 

Abstract of paper given at Islam and Ecology conference:
The AKDN's Ethic of Sustainable Development in South Asia

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a cluster of institutions created by the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, His Highness Karim al-Huseini Aga Khan, to improve the quality of life, living conditions, and socio-economic opportunities of communities in specific regions of the developing world. The Network's many institutions include the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), the Aga Khan University (AKU), the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Each has an individual mandate to address focal issues in the diverse fields of rural development, education, health, the built environment, and private sector enterprise. This paper will investigate the AKDN's ethic of sustainable development and analyse the principles by which some of its projects in South Asia have responded to the challenges of social, economic, and cultural change in the modern world.

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