- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A prominent imam speaking at Harvard is calling for greater cultural understanding between the Muslim world and the West.

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims, said in a lecture at the Ivy League university Thursday that society needs to actively seek out difference and diversity and learn from it.

He also said globalization should not lead to establishing a single, homogenized society where all differences are erased, but instead respecting what people have in common and what makes them different.

And he reminded Muslims that a central tenet of Islam is celebrating the “common humanity” among the world’s population.

The Aga Khan is considered a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He became imam in 1957 as a 20-year old Harvard junior.

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