Personal: ‘The world’s greatest scholar of contemporary Islam’ and I

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, my intellectual mentor and role model, has been described by the BBC as ‘the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam’.  At the U.S. Embassy in London a few weeks ago, he was described by Minister Barbara Stephenson, the former U.S. Ambassador to Panama, as ‘one of the greatest scholars of Islam in the world today’.  This is a picture of the two of us presenting our documentary, Journey into America, and holding a panel discussion at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Credit for the picture goes to Ambassador Ahmed’s chief of staff, Harrison Akins.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and Craig Considine at SOAS

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