“Georgiana Vines: Leading authority on Islam talks religion bridge-building at UT” – Knoxville News Sentinel

Akbar Ahmed, a leading authority on Islam at American University and former Pakistani commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, believes building bridges across religions is essential to solving global problems of war and terrorism.

Ahmed spoke Wednesday at the University of Tennessee, asking the standing-room-only crowd at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy “to get into my skin” to understand his message. While Muslim, he attended schools where he was taught by Christians, he said.

“They shaped me as much as my religion,” Ahmed said.

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