World Affairs Council Presents: Ambassador Akbar Ahmed & Dr. Bernard Lewis: A Special Briefing on “The Middle East and Islam”
November 3, 2010 at 6:30pm—8:00pm at Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street, NW Washington, DC, 20036
To Register: Call: 202-293-1051 or email: email@example.com
Join the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC for “A Special Briefing on The Middle East and Islam,” featuring two of the world’s leading scholars of Islam, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and Dr. Bernard Lewis. Addressing the political role of Islam in international relations, they will discuss their analysis on Islam, the Middle East, and the West. Known for their differing perspectives, Amb. Ahmed and Dr. Lewis will provide a holistic view of the issue and examine the future of the relationship between the Islamic world and the United States.
Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions following speaker remarks.
We have been absent from posting lately due to the (sometimes overwhelming) task of writing and editing the book, but we are done. We are really excited about the contents–nine chapters divided into three parts: 1) American Identity 2) Islam in America and 3) Adjusting and Adapting.
First a reboot: We set out in September of 2008 with a team of six. Led by Professor Akbar Ahmed, the team consisted of Frankie Martin, Hailey Woldt, Craig Considine, Madeeha Hameed and Jonathan Hayden. We set out to discover America, it’s history and culture, and–of course–where Islam fits in. It was quite a journey, taking us to over 75 cities, big and small, across the vast continent. We spoke to people of all backgrounds, ranging from Bosnians, Kurds, and African Americans in over 100 mosques in Muslim communities. Jews, Mennonites, Mormons , atheists and more in non-Muslim communities. We spoke to scholars and activists, religious leaders and administrators, uncovered history and spoke to converts. We heard heartwarming stories and learned of struggle and disappointment. We traveled and traveled and came back home to DC to write the book and finish make the film.We had a lot of loyal followers on the blog and got a lot of coverage from the media, causing a minor stir in Alabama and breaking a story in Nebraska. The film is out (trailer can be seen here) and has been screened across the world (in Australia, France and Pakistan) at Universities, religious institutions and film festivals and is being translated into Arabic and Persian. Continue reading
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From Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine:
Five years ago, American University professor Akbar Ahmed and UCLA professor Judea Pearl were traveling the country, “two grandfathers on a stage,” trying to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims.
Their dialogues, which were detailed by Paula Span in a 2004 Magazine story, earned them the 2006 Purpose Prize, a $100,000 award that recognizes social innovators older than 60. The two have since taken a break from the events, but the Daniel Pearl Foundation — named after the slain journalist, who was Judea Pearl’s son — would like to schedule more next year.
Ahmed realized that although getting Jews and Muslims talking in one room was a big step, more needed to be done to understand the Muslim experience in America. Continue reading