America's Unofficial Ambassadors

We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.

Introducing Akbar Ahmed: Scholar, Professor and AUA Advisory Board Member!

Akbar Ahmed is a leading scholar and expert on Islam in America.  He has had many books published, including “Journey In America: The Challenge of Islam”,  “Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization” and “Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World”.  He is also a playwright, has been interviewed on BBC, CNN and NPR, has taught at some of the premier universities in the world and is currently a professor at American University’s School of International Service, as well as being the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies.

The cover of Mr. Ahmed's book, "Journey Into Islam"

The cover of Mr. Ahmed's book, "Journey Into Islam"

All of these accomplishments are why we are proud to announce that Mr. Ahmed is our newest AUA Advisory Board member!  He is not only incredibly qualified, but truly an expert in the field.  He is teaching an upcoming e-course through American University called “Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish Muslim Encounter”.  Here is the course summary:

No two religions are closer together than Judaism and Islam, yet ironically no two religions are further apart. This course will explore the history, culture and theology of Muslims and Jews, reflecting on both their similarities and differences as well as the major challenges. Assisted by leading scholars in the US and Europe, the course will also offer strategies for building bridges between the communities.

The course is sure to be fascinating, please sign up or maybe read one of Mr. Ahmed’s books to see an interesting, firsthand perspective on some incredibly pertinent issues. To read more about the course, please click here.


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This entry was posted on June 17, 2011 by in Volunteer Related.
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