1Sahil B = "Peter Hahne: Your Highness, Islamic believers are spreading fear and terror across the world in the name of Allah, as witnessed again most recently on the island of Bali. What does all this have to do with religion? Aga Khan: Nothing at all. Islam and terror have not the slightest thing in common. Islam does not teach terrorism any more than Christianity or Judaism. He who blows himself and others up is a criminal and cannot claim to be a servant of God, praise be to Allah. The world religion of Islam teaches peace, compassion and tolerance. Peter Hahne: But that, if I may say so, is not always the way it seems. Aga Khan: You need to take a closer look, then. We all need to take a closer look to comprehend the reasons behind terrorism. Unfortunately, far too little attention has been paid to this until now. Terrorism has many causes. Poverty, underdevelopment and despair are without doubt among the most important causes. And unsolved political conflicts dating back decades can nearly always be found in the background. If you take Kashmir or Afghanistan, Iraq or Palestine: colonialism, cold war and other political disputes have left their mark. One can hardly blame Islam for this. Religion has been added on to the political conflicts, to lend greater legitimacy to personal interests. But the original conflicts themselves have nothing to do with Islam. This is a very important difference if want to take the trouble to understand things. Peter Hahne: Do you mean that the West has a too one-sided view to this question? Aga Khan: Often this is the case, yes. In the West today, Islam is predominantly seen as a source of terror and a synonym for bloody conflicts. Many people are not aware that there is not just one 'Islam'. The Islamic world is highly pluralistic, even if radical forces have been at work over the last few years which do not tolerate multiplicity and who want to force others to share their view of Islam. His Highness the Aga Khan's 2005 Neue Ruhr Zeitung (NRZ) interview with Peter Hahne (Essen, Germany) [Translation from German back to English]"