— Aga Khan IV 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism 1936
Context: I think there is a massive gulf in the understanding and knowledge between Muslims and non-Muslims — I mean particularly the West and the Islamic world. What we are talking about in reality is a strong minority of people committed to their own particular interpretation of Islam, who seek to impose it on others. I do not believe that the totality of the Islamic world recognizes the Taliban interpretation of the faith as being representative of its own view. There is no unanimity in Islam with regard to this interpretation. Generally you will see as much diversity in the Islam as you do in the Christian world today. But the West does not really understand the pluralism of the Islamic world.
Interview with Robert Ivy (FAIA), in Architectural Record (31 August 2001) http://archrecord.construction.com/people/interviews/archives/0202AgaKhan-1.asp