Articles by Johan Galtung, 20 Jul 2015

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Aesthetics as One Road to Peace?
Johan Galtung, 20 Jul 2015 - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

The focus is on one Sultan, Ibrahim Adil Shah II, of the central Indian kingdom of Bijapur, between Mumbai and Goa; we are talking about early 17th century. The Sultan is described as “an erudite scholar, a lute player, poet, singer, calligrapher, chess master and aesthete”. How different from Western rulers with military-political skills; how similar to many Chinese rulers, emperors, mandarins with poetry, calligraphy and more as indelible part of their legitimacy.

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