Reflections on the “Journey into Europe” – C. Naseer Ahmad, Diplomatic Courier

The Chinese philosopher Laozi said that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Often for the memorable journeys, the company one keeps matter much.

The unforgettable “Journey into Europe” also began with a single step into the German Embassy in Washington. Instead of Laozi, it was Dr. Stefan Buchwald, Director German Information Center, who welcomed the guests to a special presentation of the documentary by Dr. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University.

Braving the winter weather and the January snow storm, Washingtonians gathered to hear the famous scholar – who also is an anthropologist and served as a diplomat – speak about Muslim immigrants and Europe. In a little over an hour, Dr. Ahmed took everyone in the auditorium on a remarkable journey – going from country to country and introducing fascinating personalities while illuminating on the challenges they face and the accomplishments achieved.

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