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

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To London again for SOAS screening

I’m off to London this afternoon for the second time in as many weeks for the Journey into America screening and panel discussion at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I’m very happy to have my lady, Mel, joining me this time around. She’s exciting for the thrill of it…… Continue reading To London again for SOAS screening

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Personal: Back in Dublin though only for a shortwhile

As many of you may have read in a recent post, Journey into America and the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative were both warmly received at the U.S. Embassy in London. People of all walks of life approached me after the screening/discussion and shared with me their thoughts as well as how inspired they were…… Continue reading Personal: Back in Dublin though only for a shortwhile