Islam in America – An Open Dialogue


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Free Event

When: Nov 25 2008 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall 2118

Open discussion on Islam in America
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

All EWC staff and participants,
along with members of the public, are invited to participate in an open discussion on Islam in
with the
prominent scholar Ambassador Akbar
of American University in Washington D.C. and the team of his "Journey Into America"

leading authority on contemporary Islam, Ambassador Ahmed and his team will be
visiting the East-West Center as part of their year-long "Journey Into America"
project, intended as "a unique anthropological study of American identity as
seen through the eyes of Americans—both Muslim and non-Muslim. How do Muslims
fit into contemporary American society? And how have the uniquely American
ideals of pluralism, openness, and cultural integration held up in post-9/11
American society? Those are the driving questions behind 'Journey into

cross-country ethnographic study will take Ahmed and his young American team to
more than 30 American towns and cities for meetings
with religious
leaders of all denominations, in-depth interviews with Muslims and their
non-Muslim neighbors and interfaith dialogues at leading universities across the
country. Following the trip, the results of
interviews, questionnaires and observations will be compiled and analyzed for a
new book.

The project is the follow-up to
a similar journey through the Muslim world that resulted in the book Journey
into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization
. More information can be found at
the project blog at:

Amb. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun
Chair of Islamic Studies at American
University in Washington D.C. He was formerly the High Commissioner of
Pakistan to Great
Britain. In September 2008, he was appointed
the first Distinguished Chair for Middle East/Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval
Academy, and he has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cambridge universities and the Institute for Advanced Study
at Princeton.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: EWC information
Phone: 808-944-7111