by Rene WADLOW
“Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity”
As far back as 1996, the distinguished scholar W. Montgomery Watt described Dr Akbar Ahmed as ‘a contemporary spokesman for Islam’. That epithet remains apt even now but, based on the sum total of his writings and work, he is widely respected today as an anthropologist, teacher, researcher, scholar in comparative religion, a committed public intellectual promoting inter-faith harmony and a leading authority on contemporary Islam.
This piece is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the new book,
“Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity”.
Chapter 1 – Europe: Turbulent and Mighty Continent
by AKBAR AHMED
“In that encounter in the gloomy basement in Athens, I witnessed the problems of Europe today. I saw the need to conduct a detailed study of Europe based on fieldwork to look at precisely these issues. I saw the desperate need to discover a paradigm or method for the future that would allow Europe’s different cultures and peoples to understand one another better in order to live together in peace and harmony. To do so, we needed to locate an effective conceptual frame for our study in the context of the social sciences. I thus consulted the scholars who could best guide us.”
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presented “Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity” at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
“Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s latest project on Muslims in Europe is yet another illustration of his vision by offering us understanding of, commitment to, and hope and compassion for humanity.”
On Thursday, March 15, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presented his new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, at the 92nd Street Y in New York at part of their Daytime Talks series.