Akbar Ahmed

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

At 3:30, following his lecture, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed will be showing his documentary, “Journey into Europe” in the Hall of Christ.


Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Previously, Ahmed belonged to the senior civil service cadre of Pakistan and has served as Commissioner in Baluchistan and Political Agent in the Tribal Areas. He was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge. He has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities.

Ambassador Ahmed is the recipient of several awards, including the Government of Pakistan’s Star of Excellence (Sitara-i-Imtiaz) for academic distinction and Medal of Excellence (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz), the first-ever Purpose Prize alongside Judea Pearl, and the 2017 Sir Syed Day Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in Poetry, Literature, Arts or the Sciences by the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Ambassador Ahmed is consistently featured in The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims, and The Huffington Post’s World Post and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute named him a 2015 Global Thought Leader.  He has been called "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC.

Ambassador Ahmed is a filmmaker and author of more than a dozen award-winning books. In addition to conceiving and completing the Jinnah Quartet, which includes the feature film, Jinnah, and a documentary on Mr. Jinnah, he produced the documentary films Journey into America (2009) and Journey into Europe (2015). Ambassador Ahmed also conceived a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11: Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2007), Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (2010), The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (2013), and Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity (forthcoming Fall 2017).