2008 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture with Akbar Ahmed
"Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization"
November 6, 2008
"Why?” Years after September 11 we are still looking for answers. American University Professor Akbar Ahmed, an internationally renowned Islamic scholar, knew that the question could not be answered until Islam and the West moved past the hatred and mistrust escalated by globalization and the war on terror. Seeking to establish dialogue and understanding between cultures, Ahmed led a team of young Americans on an unprecedented tour of the Muslim world. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the story of their search for common ground. Here can be found a new framework for understanding Islam. He makes a powerful plea for unity across religion, race, and tradition to create understanding between Islam and the West.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, is considered "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam," according to the BBC. He is a renowned author and award-winning film and documentary director. A former high commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, he has advised Prince Charles and met with President George W. Bush on Islam. His latest book, Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, was published in 2007 by the Brookings Institution Press.