Amb. Ahmed congratulates Adnan Sarwar ,the director, writer, and lead actor of Shah, for his contributions to Pakistani cinema following the launch of the film at American University.
On Thurs. Feb. 25, Amb. Akbar Ahmed had the distinct honor of welcoming guests to the American University screening of the critically acclaimed biopic Shah, featuring the film’s director, writer, and lead actor Adnan Sarwar as chief guest. Shah tells the captivating story of legendary Pakistani boxer Syed Hussein Shah and his challenges in becoming the only Pakistani boxer to win a medal in the Olympics. In his opening remarks, Ahmed said that by developing cinema and arts, one develops an effective way of combating the violent acts and thought patterns of the militants who attack schools and kill children. Ahmed also spoke of the great artistic traditions of Pakistan that Sarwar so proudly represents and how Sarwar acts as a beacon of hope and pride for his fellow countrymen in his outstanding cinematic portrayals of the nation. The screening attracted a number of senior figures from the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, the World Bank, the IMF, and Voice of America.
The Flat Hat, the College of William and Mary’s student-run newspaper, conducted several interviews with Amb. Ahmed during his visit to Williamsburg, VA on Feb. 18 and 19 for the Global Film Festival, highlighting his work in producing Journey into Europe and Journey into America. Please see their coverage of Amb. Ahmed’s visit to Williamsburg below:
In a time fraught with suspicions and uncertainties between faiths, some individuals continue to challenge the notion that the twains will never meet. One of them is Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned anthropologist, Islamic scholar and a filmmaker. Dr. Ahmed, who is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University in Washington, DC, has been credited by many with contributing to the forging of better communication protocols and improving relations between the Muslim and the Western worlds. He has been called “a communicator and conduit between East and West”.
On Feb. 19, following a successful run in the College of William and Mary’s Global Film Festival in Williamsburg, VA, Amb. Ahmed spoke to a full-house audience at Washington, D.C.’s Cosmos Club, a distinguished private club that counts a number of Nobel Prize winners as members, on the urgent need for the West and the Muslim World to begin better understanding one another. Chaired by Dr. Marcel Horowitz, who named Ahmed “one of the most inspirational individuals I have ever encountered” in his introductory remarks, the event attracted a number of the Club’s distinguished members. The audience was also treated to a 20-minute preview of Journey into Europe.
The Cosmos Club advertises the lecture in its monthly bulletin.
The distinguished audience of Cosmos Club members attentively listen to Ahmed discuss the urgent need for the West and the Muslim World to take the effort to understand one another.
Ahmed addresses a full-house at the Cosmos Club on the vital lessons of the Journey into Europe project for global bridge-building.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Join the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS) for a screening of Journey into Europe at the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditoriumon Saturday, April 16 from 7-9:30 pm. Associate producer Harrison Akins will also provide a brief commentary on the film. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the following flyer: UT Flyer
Greater Milwaukee: Join the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition as they screen Journey into Europe on Thursday, March 24 at 7p at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Union Cinema! A discussion following the film will be hosted by the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. For more information, see the Festival’s website here.
Join Amb. Ahmed on Monday, March 21 at 9am for his keynote address to the “Civilizations in Embrace: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Ideas, Peace, and World Order” conference at the University of Maryland (UMD). The conference is co-hosted by UMD’s Baha’i Chair for World Peace and American University’s UNESCO Chair in Transitional Challenges and Governance. For more info, please see the following flyer: UMD Keynote 3.21.
Join us at Georgetown University this Thursday, 2/4, at 6:30pm for a screening of the full two-hour version of Journey into Europe. A Q&A with Amb. Ahmed hosted by Georgetown Professor Tamara Sonn will follow. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity
Europe today confronts complicated and controversial issues surrounding its Muslim population including Sharia law, terrorism, the building of mosques, female dress, and the pressures of immigration and multiculturalism.
Akbar Ahmed, the world renowned Muslim anthropologist, is now embarking on a new study of Islam in Europe which will take him and his international team across the continent.
Journey into Europe is the fourth part of an unprecedented quartet of award-winning books exploring relations between the West and the world of Islam after 9/11.