Category Archives: Project Activities

“Aizaz felicitates Akbar on achieving Scholar Teacher Award” – The Nation

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry commended Ambassador Akbar Ahmed on his winning of ‘Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award for 2016-17’ by the American University School of International Service (SIS).

As a leading faculty member of SIS, one of the top 10 schools of international affairs in the US, Ambassador Ahmed has received this award in recognition of his “innovative, important and inspiring” mentoring of his students and his services to the community, according to a message received here. The award given to Ambassador Ahmed is a reflection of his achievements as a member of SIS faculty.

Speaking at the Faculty Awards ceremony, Dean of SIS James Goldgeier said “Ahmed is a legend”. He spoke highly of Ambassador Ahmed’s contributions to both his field of study and to the student experience in SIS as reported in the Huffington Post on 11 May. Ambassador Ahmed is an extraordinary teacher and a real mentor to his students, he added.

To continue reading, click here.

Journey into Europe Film Screening & Discussion with Ambassador Ahmed at American University this Wednesday

 

Please join the CAS Department of Anthropology as it welcomes Ambassador Akbar Ahmed (SIS) for this Social Justice Colloquium event, held at a special time and place, April 5, 530pm, in MGC 2. We hope to see you there!

Akbar Ahmed’s Journey into Europe

Film Screening & Discussion

Wednesday, April 5

5:30 p.m.

Mary Graydon Center 2

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the world-renowned Islamic scholar, anthropologist, and filmmaker, explores Islam in Europe and the place of Islam in European history and civilization in this unprecedented study. In the film, shot across the continent in countries such as Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, and Bosnia, we meet some of Europe’s most prominent figures, including presidents and prime ministers, grand muftis, archbishops, chief rabbis, heads of right-wing parties, recently-arrived migrants, and every-day Europeans from a variety of backgrounds.

It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this work.” – Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Ambassador Ahmed joins his students and Srimata Carrie at the Gandhi Memorial Center

IMG_0382

Ambassador Ahmed’s students, as part of their undergraduate fieldwork course, Researching Islam, ventured today to the Gandhi Memorial Center in Bethesda, MD, among other sites around Washington, to conduct fieldwork on Islam in America and how groups such as Hindu-Americans and Jewish-Americans perceive Islam. Ambassador Ahmed’s students were warmly received and hosted by Srimati Carrie, the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center.

Ambassador Ahmed meets Sen. Chris Murphy in his Capitol Hill office

AA and Sen Murphy 3.22.17

AA, PB, and Arsalan Suleman with Sen Murphy 3.22.17

Today, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed met with Senator Chris Murphy in his Capitol Hill office. Joined by Arsalan Suleman, the former Special Envoy to the OIC under President Obama, and his Chief of Staff, Patrick Burnett, Ambassador Ahmed presented Sen. Murphy with a copy of his most recent book, The Thistle and the Drone, and a copy of the Journey into Europe film.

 

Image

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to Speak at a Shabbat dinner at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac on March 24 at 6:30pm

Shabbat Dinner With... Amb Ahmed

Ambassador Ahmed featured on The Rights Track podcast

In Episode 5 of Series 2 Todd talks to Islamic expert and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Professor Akbar Ahmed from the American University in Washington DC. They discuss the post 9/11 myths that have built up around Islam, the growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in politics and society and the implications for people’s religious freedoms and human rights.

To listen, please visit The Rights Track website here or download to your favorite podcatcher.

Journey into Europe is now available in its entirety on YouTube

Journey into Europe to screen in Lexington, KY as part of the One World Film Festival on Thurs. Mar. 2 at 7p

The screening will be free of charge. For more information, click here.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to speak at St. John’s Norwood Church in Chevy Chase, MD Sunday Jan. 29 10a

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 10 am

Contemporary Islam in the U.S. Today

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed will share his perspectives as a Muslim in the U.S. in 2017. Ambassador Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Previously, Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Diploma in Education and M.A. from the University of Cambridge.

For more information, click here.

Journey into Europe to air on AIB TV in Atlanta beginning Monday, January 16 at 6p

For more information, click here.