Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D., Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, is "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam," according to the BBC. He served as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and his numerous books, films and documentaries have won many awards.
Dr. Ahmed is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, and BBC and has appeared several times on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Night Line. His most recent book, Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization, is the result of extensive travels and interviews conducted by Dr. Ahmed and a young American team throughout the Muslim world.
In 2004, he was given the Professor of the Year Award for Washington DC by the Caregie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Here is what other experts had to say about Professor Ahmed:
"[Akbar Ahmed is] one of contemporary Islam's outstanding exponents" - Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the UK
"One of the most distinguished Muslim scholars today" - Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury
"His voice needs to be heard, and his courage strengthened." - Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate