As you know, our nation has never been more divided. Rather than cursing the darkness, we launched a civility series to celebrate individuals who are actively choosing to embrace the ethos, ‘we are all more alike than different.’
Join us on Monday, August 5 at the PathNorth offices to hear from Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. Amb. Ahmed is considered among the foremost leaders on Islam and its role and existence in the western world. He will discuss the vision of the American Founding Fathers and why it is vital to keep it alive in the 21st century, especially in dealing with the Muslim world. His story is truly remarkable: Cambridge educated and has taught at the US Naval Academy, Harvard and Princeton. A former High Commissioner, he is not only an author but also a playwright and a poet.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org and include any dietary restrictions. We look forward to having you with us on August 5.
Amb. Akbar Ahmed
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Ahmed’s career has included distinguished posts in both academia and public service. Ahmed dedicated more than three decades to the Civil Service of Pakistan, the senior-most cadre of the Central Superior Services of Pakistan, where his posts included Commissioner in Balochistan, Political Agent in the Tribal Areas, and Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland.
Ahmed’s expertise has earned high praise around the world. The BBC called him, “The world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam,” and the Saudi Gazette lauded him as, “Perhaps the most influential living authority on contemporary Muslim societies.”
In addition to his academic works, Ahmed has produced noteworthy poetry and plays. Ahmed’s poems were broadcast from the Library of Congress in “The Poet and the Poem” podcast series. His plays Noor and The Trial of Dara Shikoh have been staged around the world. He writes a weekly column for the Daily Times, one of Pakistan’s leading newspapers.
Ahmed has remained committed to service throughout his career. His roles include: Trustee, World Faiths Development Dialogue, chaired by Lord George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury; Charter Member, The Interfaith Coalition on Mosques; Member, International Advisory Board for The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at The Queen’s University of Belfast; and Member, Washington Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.