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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""With the deaths of King Charles the First, and Louis the Sixteenth, Western culture initiated a process of secularisation which grew into present day democratic institutions, and lay cultures. Islam, on the other hand, never endorsed any political dogma. So the historical process of secularisation which occurred in the West, never took place in Muslim societies. What we are witnessing today, in certain Islamic countries, is exactly the opposite evolution, the theocratisation of the political process. There is no unanimity in the Islamic world on the desirability of this trend but it would certainly be less threatening if the humanistic ethics of the faith were the driving force behind the processes of change."His Highness the Aga Khan's 1996 Brown University Commencement Ceremony address (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)"
2 Sahil Badruddin = ""Historically, the arts, including architecture, have taken their principal inspiration from religious faith. But when art is separated from faith-based roots, other influences can dominate -- including soulless technology and empty secularisation."His Highness the Aga Khan's 2010 Aga Khan Award For Architecture Prize Ceremony address (Doha, Qatar)"