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Author and social activist Karen Armstrong speaks to Chautauquans Friday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy as the final lecturer for the Interfaith Lecture Series on “The People of Pakistan.” Photo by Lauren Rock.

Armstrong explores compassion, differing histories of the US, Pakistan

The Department of Religion’s Week Five theme, “The People of Pakistan,” confronted widespread ignorance and misconceptions about the complexities of Pakistan and its peoples. During Friday’s 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture, Karen Armstrong challenged the audience to bring the knowledge, insights and existing questions garnered from a week of study and turn them into compassionate action for the betterment of our world.

“Unless we learn at this perilous juncture of history to implement the Golden Rule globally so that we treat all people whoever they are as we wish to be treated ourselves, the world will not be a viable place,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong is a former nun, a religious scholar, author and the major contributor and proponent of the Charter for Compassion. The charter is a multi-faith international initiative that builds understanding, compassion and calls on people to live their lives and lead their countries according to the principle of treating others as you would be treated.

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Akbar Ahmed delivers an Interfaith Lecture about the tribal regions of Pakistan Monday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Ahmed: To understand Pakistan is to understand its tribal societies

Pakistan is an integral player and ally in the United States’ war on terror. It is also, according to President Barack Obama, one of the most dangerous places in the world.

“Pakistan is a much maligned, little understood, very important country,” Akbar Ahmed said.

To understand Pakistan, and ultimately complete U.S. operations in the region with a semblance of a victory, it is necessary that those in decision-making positions understand the nature of the tribes and tribal regions of Pakistan, Ahmed said.

On Monday, Ahmed opened this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series focused on the theme “The People of Pakistan,” with a lecture titled “The Most Dangerous Place in the World — The Tribal Areas of Pakistan.” In his lecture, Ahmed analyzed the present and past conditions of the tribal areas, the ways of life and structures of the tribes and provided a prescription for how best to progress out of the current crisis.

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Focus turns to Pakistan in Week Five

Relatively young but a nuclear power, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a short history defined by political instability and tumultuous relationships with Afghanistan and India. With the world’s second-largest Muslim population, Pakistan occupies a strategic geopolitical position between Asia and the Middle East. Beginning on Monday, expert lecturers discuss Pakistan’s history, development into a semi-industrial nation and constant struggle of defining itself as a nation, created for Muslims, that isn’t a religious state.

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