I salute Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, whom I have known for three decades as a warrior for peace, for the publication of his new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, particularly as he has written and released it in a time when the world grapples with great political, social, and religious challenges. Discussing relations between Europe and the East and the importance of building understanding between both cultures and faiths, the book is a breath of fresh air. It consists of more than 500 pages which have the power to create harmony and understanding. This book has not only been endorsed by the top scholars, but also by some of the great spiritual leaders of our time. It is not just a journey into Europe, but a journey into peace. I thoroughly recommend people not only buy this book, but when they read it try to act on and reflect its message, because each one of us has a role to play in building a more peaceful, harmonious world. I congratulate Ambassador Ahmed and his wonderful team of young scholars for this great accomplishment, and I salute Ambassador Ahmed for dedicating his life to building bridges of understanding.
-Councillor Dr. James Shera MBE, S.Pk, former Mayor of Rugby