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Islam Under Siege: from clash to dialogue of civilisations

For the first time in history, several global societies are simultaneously feeling ender siege: Muslims, Israelis, Americans... It is therefore a dangerous time in world history.

Professor Akbar Ahmed, American University in Washington DC, will speak on Islam Under Siege: from clash to dialogue of civilisations on Tuesday 15 June at LSE.

Professor Ahmed will argue that traditional societies like Muslim societies are feeling under siege as a consequence of the processes of globalisation, and will discuss the contemporary Muslim world and its relations with the West. Certain steps need to be taken for the way forward. Most importantly, there is a necessity for dialogue and understanding. The age of global communications has caused misunderstandings but can also act as a facilitator of dialogue and understanding.

Akbar Ahmed is Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at American University in Washington DC, America. He is the former high commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and has advised Prince Charles and President George W Bush on Islam. A distinguished anthropologist, writer, and filmmaker, he has been actively involved in interfaith dialogue and the study of global Islam and its impact on contemporary society for many years. Dr Ahmed joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1966 until resigning from service in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

Islam Under Siege: from clash to dialogue of civilisations is on Tuesday 15 June at 6.30pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This event is a Miliband Lecture on Culture in the Age of Global Communications. Previous events have included talks by Professor Henrietta Moore, LSE, on Late Modern Connections: culture, media and globalisation, and Professor Wang Hui, Tsinghua University, who spoke on Problematising Asia: reflections on the re-emergence of the discourse of Asia. 

8 June 2004

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