Europe today confronts complicated and controversial issues surrounding its Muslim population, including Sharia law, terrorism, the building of mosques, and the pressures of immigration and multiculturalism. With the recent attacks by ISIS in Brussels, these issues are increasingly pressing for Europeans. On Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm at Temple, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed joins us for a Congregational Conversations Keynote to reflect on the challenges of interfaith conflict presented in Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ book, Not in God’s Name, and to screen his documentary, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity.
In Journey into Europe, Ambassador Ahmed, a world-renowned Muslim anthropologist, provides an in-depth look at Muslim life across Europe and the attitudes and perceptions of Europeans regarding their Muslim neighbors. Filmed as they traveled across the continent in winter and summer 2014, Ambassador Ahmed and his team shined a light on the Muslim experience in Europe.
Ambassador Ahmed is the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Currently, he is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and is regularly interviewed on Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, and NBC.
For more information, be sure to visit the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Congregational Conversations page here.
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