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Journey Into Islam: the crisis of globalisation

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Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, will give a public lecture to mark the launch of his new book Journey Into Islam: the crisis of globalisation, at LSE on Tuesday 10 July.

Years after the tragic events of 9/11, we are still searching for answers. Seeking to establish dialogue and understanding between Islamic and western cultures, Islamic scholar Ahmed led a team of young Americans on an unprecedented tour of the Muslim world. Journey into Islam: the crisis of globalization (Brookings Institution Press, 2007) details their search for common ground.

Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, a senior fellow at The Case Foundation in Washington DC and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is former high commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and has advised Prince Charles and US president George W Bush on Islamic issues.

Akbar Ahmed spoke at the Chairman's Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series at the Pentagon and gave the inaugural lecture for the first Chair in Jewish-Muslim Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is the principal investigator for the 'Islam in the Age of Globalization' project, sponsored by the Brookings Institution, American University and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Dr Katarina Dalacoura, LSE, will chair this event.

Journey Into Islam: the crisis of globalisation is on Tuesday 10 July 2007 at 6.30-8pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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

Press cuttings

Channel 4 News (10 July)
Akbar Ahmed was interviewed for the 7 o'clock news.

Today programme, BBC Radio 4 (5 July)
Dr Akbar Ahmed, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, spoke about what's happening in the country. He will give a lecture at LSE on 10 July.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/thursday.shtml| 

Guardian
West 'must stop looking at Islam through the lens of terror' (28 June 07)
Tony Blair would do well to listen to Akbar Ahmed when he takes up his new role as Middle East envoy in earnest. One of the world's leading authorities on Islam, Professor Akbar says education, rather than violence, is the way to smooth relations between the Muslim world and the west. Professor Akbar will speak at the Commons on 2 July and at the London School of Economics on 10 July.

28 June 2007

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