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Author Series: Amb. Akbar Ahmed

Date : Mar 13, 2018
Time : 6:00PM To 8:00PM
Place : Hemisphere Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC

6:00pm-6:45pm Reception, 6:45pm-8:00pm Program. This event will be in the HEMISPHERE SUITES.


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On March 13th, 2018, the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC-DC) hosted Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, former Pakistani High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Amb. Ahmed discussed his new book, Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, to an event open to both the general public and WAC-DC members located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Ms. Stephanie Fassler, WAC-DC International Affairs Director, began the event by highlighting the political, social, and cultural shifts taking place in a rapidly globalizing world - specifically the rising political and cultural tensions that come with increasing Muslim immigration into Europe. She then introduced Amb. Ahmed and the moderator for the evening, Ms. Homa Sorouri.

Amb. Ahmed began his remarks by discussing the history of his project, a 4-part book series looking into the relationship between Islam and the West. In this project, Amb. Ahmed systematically divided Europe into categories and looked into the lives of Muslims in these groups. According to Amb. Ahmed, the main conclusion from this research is that these tensions are not about different people or different cultures – we all know that everyone has differences – instead, the tension can be traced to how the majority treats the minority. 

Ms. Sorouri led a conversation covering the biggest issues that Europe is facing regarding Muslim immigration, the lessons from the past that Europe can learn from, and the differences between how European countries handle Muslim immigration. Amb. Ahmed ended the night by reminding the audience that scholars have to step outside of the classroom in order to spread the knowledge on these topics through books, movies, documentaries, etc. He also stated that it is the responsibility of Muslim leadership to turn the tide and educate the youth against violence, and it is the responsibility of Washington to make clear, bold, and compassionate foreign policies towards Muslim countries.

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