Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

A Conversation with Akbar Ahmed

March 26, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

Since 9/11, repeated episodes of terrorism, together with the refugee crisis, have dramatically increased the divide between the Muslim communities and the majority non-Muslim populations in Europe. Meanwhile, the parallel rise of right-wing, nationalist political parties throughout the continent—often espousing anti-Muslim rhetoric—has shaken the foundation of the European Union to its very core.

Akbar Ahmed and his team of researchers traveled across Europe for four years and interviewed Muslims and non-Muslims from all walks of life to investigate questions of Islam, immigration, and identity. Their findings reveal a complex story of the place of Islam in European history and civilization and expose both the misunderstandings and the opportunities for European countries and populations to improve their relationship with minority Muslim communities. Along with an analysis of what has gone wrong and why, Ahmed offered recommendations for promoting integration and pluralism in the twenty-first century in a conversation with Professor Jocelyne Cesari.

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