Akbar Ahmed

Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, D.C., has just completed the film Journey into Europe, and is working on an accompanying book with the same title (Brookings Press, forthcoming).


Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, D.C., has just completed the film Journey into Europe, and is working on an accompanying book with the same title (Brookings Press, forthcoming).



ARTICLES BY Akbar Ahmed



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Europe Then and Now

How Islam Was Perceived in Europe When I Was a Student   As I traveled with my team over the last few years through


How Islam Was Perceived in Europe When I Was a Student   As I traveled with my team over the last few years throughout Europe conducting a study of the Muslims of the continent, I was struck by how prominent Islam has become as a focus of so many of the current global debates about […]

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Illegal — The story of a young African immigrant in Europe

Young Ahmedu landed in Sicily in the last wintery days of 2014. He was following a long and illustrious list of names of


Young Ahmedu landed in Sicily in the last wintery days of 2014. He was following a long and illustrious list of names of visitors to this island which included Ulysses who on his way back from Troy battled the Cyclops by the port of Catania, philosophers like Goethe, musicians like Wagner, novelists like Maupassant, an […]

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The Best Place in the World to be a Muslim: America or Europe?

“I object, Dr. Ahmed,” said the large bearded man in a turban and shalwar kameez as he rose slowly from his seat. I


“I object, Dr. Ahmed,” said the large bearded man in a turban and shalwar kameez as he rose slowly from his seat. I had just shown my documentary film Journey into America in the theater at the American Embassy in London to a large audience of mainly Muslim leaders from all over the U.K. The […]