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“How America Looks Through Muslim Eyes” from Voice of America

From writer Mohamed Elshinnawi at Voice of America on the “Journey into America” film:

An estimated seven million Muslims live in the United States today.

But for many Americans, Islam is associated with extremists like Osama bin Laden.

To shed light on this religious group and counter mutual distrust, American University Professor Akbar Ahmed and his team of young researchers traveled to more than 75 American cities.

Those journeys are  chronicled in a documentary called “Journey into America.”

Read the entire article here.


Fox News “Fox & Friends” interview on Journey into America

Fox calls Journey into America  “A wonderful book…its so comprehensive, it’s great.”

Fox News (Alisyn Camerota)

Click here to watch the interview

On Faith ‘Divine Impulses’ video from the Washington Post

Sally Quinn recently interviewed Ambassador Akbar Ahmed for the Washington Post website . Here are the three parts starting with a discussion on General Stanley McChrystal just a few days before he was sacked. Click here for the video.

The second clip is Ahmed discussing the book Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam.

The final clip is the first three minutes of the Journey into America film.

The Middle East Institute Presents a Talk and Book Signing this Wednesday

Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam featuring: Ambassador Akbar Ahmed
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Middle East Institute, Boardman Room 1761 N St. NW Washington, DC 20036

RSVP online or by emailing rsvp@mei.edu with your name and affiliation.

The Middle East Institute is proud to host distinguished academic and author Dr. Akbar Ahmed for a discussion of his latest book, Journey into America: the Challenge of Islam, a comprehensive study of the American-Muslim community.  Dr. Ahmed will discuss the results of the research conducted by his team as they traveled to over 75 cities and 100 mosques across the United States to discover what Muslims are thinking, what they are reading, and how they are living every day in America. Among the questions his team asked include,  “Can we expect an increase in homegrown terrorism? How do American Muslims of Arab descent differ from those of other origins (for example, Somalia or South Asia)? Why are so many white women converting to Islam?”

RSVP online or by emailing rsvp@mei.edu with your name and affiliation.

“Journey” Teaser #2: What movie did John Wayne call “the most un-American thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life”?

For a full answer to this and other questions, see Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam

“High Noon” (1952), #27 on the American Film Institute‘s 2007 list of great films, presented the classic dilemma faced by the man of conscience: back down or stand up to face almost certain destruction. The appeal of High Noon’s theme is universal as everyone at one time or another has had to confront this kind of choice. Gary Cooper played the lead as Marshall Will Kane, a man who alone must fight four gunmen who are sworn to kill him. Kane eventually triumphs but expresses his disgust at the moral cowardice of the town by throwing the marshal’s star in the dirt and leaving town. The symbolism of the star lying in the dust is as powerful to American sensibilities as the burning of the stars and stripes. The director, writer and producer of the film were Jewish and perhaps had the lack of sympathy in mind that the world showed to the Jews just a decade earlier during the horrors of the Holocaust as they made the film.

The US Government immediately launched an investigation into High Noon.  Screenwriter Carl Foreman, a former member of the Communist Party, was called before the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee). Facing unrelenting pressure, Foreman fled the country and was blacklisted.

John Wayne, for his part, loathed High Noon with a primeval passion, calling it “the most un-American thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life”.  His friend Howard Hawks, who had directed him in many famous cowboy films, was also offended by High Noon. They saw the film as an attack on their beloved America and responded in characteristic fashion with red-blooded patriotism. In 1959, they made “Rio Bravo” in which John Wayne plays the sheriff. This time round, the sheriff exudes manly courage, wry humor, is loved by an admiring community, and is more than a match for the villains.

Order Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam.

Next: How did the Grand Mufti of Rwanda end up at a run down mosque in South Dallas?

BBC interview and Dawn Review

BBC America recently interviewed Ambassador Ahmed on the book. Watch the interview here.

And Rafia Zakaria offers a warm review of Journey into America in Dawn.

Can Muslims expect tolerance from western nations where they are minorities when their own nations are unwilling to apply similar concepts? Do religiously diverse and pluralist societies have a greater burden to accommodate minorities as compared to Muslim-majority nations, or should they be as primordial in their concept of who counts as ‘American’? It is the interplay of these identities in the American context that is the subject of Professor Akbar Ahmed’s new book Journey into America: The challenge of Islam. Continue reading review here.

Another screening of Journey into America in Michigan

The University of Michigan will hold a screening of “Journey into America”, hosted by the International Institute on April 19 at 12:00. For all of the friends we met in Michigan, please come out and see the film.

More details on the screening here. Click here to pre-order the book Journey into America at Amazon.