Akbar Ahmed

American University, Ibn Khaldun Chair

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, DC. 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 US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at Harvard University and Princeton University. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the world of Islam after 9/11: Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization published in 2007, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam published in 2010, The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam published in 2013, and Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Empire, forthcoming.


Foundation Update

Peace Through Knowledge: Responding to Conflict Involving Religion

A simplistic, deterministic narrative of conflict between religions and global civilisations dominates our world. To respond to conflict between these great actors we must develop a new formula for the way in which the world deals with religion, especially with Islam. Dialogue between these civilisations to foster mutual understanding is an imperative we can no longer ignore, writes Akbar Ahmed for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

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