Monthly Archives: August 2016

The ink of the scholar – Aijaz Zaka Syed – Arab News

Dr. Akbar Ahmed is a man of many parts. Civil servant, diplomat, author, filmmaker (creator of biopic Jinnah) and teacher, he has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UK. Currently Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations at the American University in Washington, it is his extraordinary insight into Muslim societies around the world and contribution as a scholar of Islam that truly sets him apart from his tribe.
Distinguished author of such groundbreaking books as Postmodernism and Islam, Predicament and Promise (1992), Living Islam, From Samarkand to Stornoway (1993), Discovering Islam, Making Sense of Muslim History and Society (2002), and Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (2002), he is perhaps the best living and walking encyclopedia of Islam around.
Given the unprecedented challenge of extremism and terrorism facing Islam and contemporary Muslim societies, it’s only natural that Prof Ahmed has constantly written and talked about it, analyzing often for the benefit of Western audiences the underlying causes and historical drivers of violence and radicalization, as he most recently did in The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (2013).

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Islam and the West: Promoting the Dialogue of Civilizations—Ambassador Akbar Ahmed – National Presbyterian Church

Islam and the West: Promoting the Dialogue of Civilizations–Ambassador Akbar Ahmed from The National Presbyterian Church on Vimeo.

Ambassador Ahmed welcomes former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to American University

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Ambassador Ahmed (left) presents Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (right) with an autographed copy of his book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam in Ambassador Ahmed’s office prior to an intimate luncheon at American University.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, Ambassador Ahmed was honored to host distinguished guests Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Ambassador Nasir Khan, Senator Abdullah Riar, and Mr. Zain H. Qureshi at American University for an intimate luncheon. The luncheon was the Pakistani delegation’s final stop on their visit to Washington. The delegation was received by Ambassador Ahmed, Mr. Arsallah Khan Hoti, a senior member of the Privatisation Commission of Pakistan, and Special Envoy Arsalan Suleman, the acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, and Patrick Burnett, assistant to Ambassador Ahmed.

 

Once settled, the delegation was welcomed to the University by Dean James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service, Dr. Louis Goodman, Dean emeritus of the School of International Service, and Ambassador Anthony Quainton, Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence in the School of International Service and former U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Peru, Kuwait, and the Central African Empire. Ambassador Ahmed also presented His Excellency The Foreign Minister with an autographed copy of his book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (2010), as well as a copy of his newest film, Journey into Europe (2015).
After receiving a warm welcome to the University and learning more about the activities of the School of International Service and the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, the delegation was then treated to lunch in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR) at American University, organized by Elisa Frost, Research Assistant to Ambassador Ahmed, allowing the honorable gentlemen to experience the culinary delights of American campus life while further discussing the work of both Ambassador Ahmed and His Excellency The Foreign Minister.

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Ambassador Akbar Ahmed (center), Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (center-right), and Pakistani Ambassador Nasir Khan (center-left) gather with their delegations in the Terrace Dining Room at American University after an intimate luncheon to welcome His Excellency The Foreign Minister and his delegation to American University. The luncheon was the delegation’s final stop on their visit to Washington.