Akbar Ahmed
Published February 23, 2015
Updated April 21, 2021

Akbar Ahmed is a diplomat and the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on contemporary Islam.

He has served as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the first Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. He worked in the Civil Service of Pakistan and was Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland.

His most recent book is Journey into Europe (2018), the fourth in a quartet of studies examining relations between the West and Islamic world.

Expertise: Islamic studies, foreign policy, civil service, Middle East and North Africa, Pakistan, Islamist movements

Location: Washington, D.C.

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Email: mmoskowi@american.edu

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