Sociology

In His New Book, Akbar Ahmed Explains the Current Cycle Roiling Muslim Countries

By Khaled Ahmed Akbar Ahmed has had a good homecoming. His message has been embraced by the Pakistani state: Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif presented him a shield at the National Defense University in December; and the Navy chief was so impressed with Ahmed’s latest book—last year’s The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on… Continue reading In His New Book, Akbar Ahmed Explains the Current Cycle Roiling Muslim Countries

Commentary · Interfaith

A Refutation of Robert Spencer’s Post on Professor Akbar Ahmed

Published on Loon Watch Robert Spencer, the administrator of the blog JihadWatch, is known for painting all Muslims as extremists. In a recent post titled “Akbar Ahmed, advocate of ‘dialogue,’ claims ‘Islamophobes’ are ‘linking Islam to violence, terrorism and intolerance,” Spencer argues that Professor Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University… Continue reading A Refutation of Robert Spencer’s Post on Professor Akbar Ahmed

Interfaith · Outreach · Religion

Salam and Salutation to Pope Francis

But Pope Francis was not taking a path outside his faith tradition. On the contrary he was reverting to its foundational principles. He is inspired by two figures above all – Jesus and Saint Francis; indeed taking the name of the latter after being elected pope. He has learned from them that Christianity in its… Continue reading Salam and Salutation to Pope Francis

Poems

A Ramadan meditation in verse

By Akbar Ahmed Source: Washington Post – On Faith Allah has many names Allah is Rahman He is Rahim He is also Ghafoor And known as Noor Some have called Him Zeus Others address Him as Deus Some name Him Brahma Others see Him in Atma If you want to know Him, whatever His appellation… Continue reading A Ramadan meditation in verse

Religion

In Greece, a case study on Islam in Europe

By Akbar Ahmed Published on Washington Post (7/9/13) I have always been honored when asked to speak at the Friday sermon in a mosque. It is both spiritually elevating to interact with worshippers and socially it provides insights to the community. There are always many inspiring and impressive people in these gatherings, some of them… Continue reading In Greece, a case study on Islam in Europe

Politics

Tales of Two Founding Fathers: Jinnah and Jefferson

The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is much like Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and intellectual behind the American Revolution. Both men were educated, trained as lawyers, and powerful figures behind the independence movements of two countries, Pakistan and the United States of America. At the moment, Jinnah is in the… Continue reading Tales of Two Founding Fathers: Jinnah and Jefferson

Politics

Jinnah’s house: A symbolic hit in Pakistan

News this morning from Balochistan is not so great. The home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, has been attacked and pretty much destroyed by extremists. CNN reports: Assailants bombed the home of the Pakistani founding father early Saturday, killing a police officer who fought back and injuring an employee, authorities said.… Continue reading Jinnah’s house: A symbolic hit in Pakistan