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Islam Under Siege: from clash to dialogue of civilisations

Miliband Lecture on Culture in the Age of Global Communications

Date: Tuesday 15 June 2004
Time: 6.30pm
: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Professor Akbar Ahmed
Chair: Professor David Held

On Monday 21 June there will be a video replay of the lecture by Professor Akbar Ahmed which took place at LSE on Tuesday 15 June.   For full details of the video replay please click here.   

The original event proved extremely popular, with around 350 people attempting to hear the lecture in the New Theatre which has a capacity of 240.  LSE apologises to those people who were unable to attend the event but hopes that the video replay will provide an opportunity for people to view Professor Ahmed's lecture.

Transcript of lecture (PDF)

Details regarding the original event:
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 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.

Professor 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 met with 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.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. 

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.