Akbar Ahmed, who holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and is a prominent scholar of Islam and frequent guest of Politics and Prose, has long been an advocate of a dialogue among the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish worlds. In this spirit, he enlisted a team of Muslim and non-Muslim students to join him in touring Muslim cultures to engage in religious-ethnic-national conversations- Politics and Prose
Dr. Akbar Ahmed
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC. According to BBC, he is considered "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam."
He is former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and has advised Prince Charles and met with President George W. Bush on Islam. His numerous books, films and documentaries have won prestigious awards and his books have been translated into several languages including Chinese and Indonesian. Ambassador Ahmed is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, the BBC, ARY TV and has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Night Line.
In February 2005, the National Cathedral held a special Evensong Service to honor him. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Case Foundation in Washington, D.C. He spoke at the Chairman's Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series at the Pentagon and gave the inaugural lecture for the first Chair in Jewish-Muslim Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Ambassador Ahmed is the Principal Investigator for the "Islam in the Age of Globalization" project, sponsored by the Brookings Institution, American University and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in addition to his tenure appointment at American University. He was nominated as the "Most Inspiring Person of the Year 2005" and a finalist in the poll conducted by BeliefNet.
Barbara Meade is the co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore.