Islam in Asia Series Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam With Author Ambassador Akbar Ahmed
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Bar opens: 6:30 pm
Lecture and Film: 7:30 pm Women’s National Democratic Club 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW . Metro Access: Dupont Circle
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Journey into America by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed explores and documents how Muslims are fitting into U.S. society, seeking to place the Muslim experience in the U.S. within the larger context of American identity. Whereas, Ahmed’s previous book, Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, took the reader into homes, schools, and mosques in the Muslim world. His new quest takes us into the heart of America and its Muslim communities. It is based on extensive fieldwork culminating in a full length documentary, Journey into America, and the book Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam. Despite the 7 million Muslims that live in the U.S., many Americans still associate Islam with radical Iranian Mullahs and Osama bin Laden. Ahmed and his research team traveled to over 75 U.S. cities from Arab, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada to interview Muslims and to ascertain what it is like to be Muslim in America. Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam is equal parts anthropological research, listening tour, and travelogue. Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge University and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam.” Asia Society Members $25, non-members $30.
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