Akbar Ahmed

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Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in American University's School of International Service and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In addition, he is a visiting professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East & Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. Previously, Ahmed has held various positions at the University of Cambridge, include Iqbal Fellow, fellow of Selwyn College, Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor, and visiting fellow of Jesus College. Ahmed belonged to Pakistan's senior civil service and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland. His numerous publications include The Thistle and the Drone (2013), named one of the “Books of the Year” in the Times Literary Supplement and awarded the 2014 Karachi Literature Festival's German Peace Prize; Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (2010); and Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2007). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.
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