Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Journey into America

Tue, February 24, 2009 | Welch 1.316

3:00 PM

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington DC, was the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain. He has advised Prince Charles and met with President George W. Bush on Islam. His numerous books, films and documentaries have won awards. His books have been translated into many languages including Chinese and Indonesian. Ahmed is “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” according to the BBC. Ahmed was appointed in September 2008 as the first Distinguished Chair for Middle East/Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, in addition to the Ibn Khaldun Chair at American University.

Ambassador Ahmed will be speaking about his current project "Journey into America" sponsored by American University, Georgetown University, and the Brookings Institution. He will be talking about his travels through twenty-five states over six months to interview thousands of Americans about Islam in the United States with a team of young American scholars. He has recently published Journey into Islam about his travels with the same team through the Muslim world to learn about Muslim perceptions of America and this is the reverse of it. Additionally, it should be a standard work on American society by a world-famous anthropologist and Muslims in America.

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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