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Akbar Salahuddin Ahmed, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, or Akbar Ahmed, is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C., the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed has advised world leaders including most recently General David Petraeus, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. He is regularly interviewed by CNN, CBS, BBC, and Fox News and has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam (the basis for the BBC six-part TV series entitled “Living Islam”) and Journey into Islam; his books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese and Indonesian. His latest project based in extensive fieldwork has resulted in a full length documentary, Journey into America, which has been shown at several film festivals and the book, Journey into America; the Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, June 2010). "A brilliant follow-up to Journey into Islam. Ahmed's insights should be required reading for anyone grappling with national security, national identity, and national cohesion in today s complex era."... Colonel David Kilcullen, author of The Accidental Guerrilla.

He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP), the elite cadre of the Central Superior Services of Pakistan in 1966, and held important posts in Pakistan and Bangladesh...including Commissioner, Quetta; Political Agent, South Waziristan Agency. He has also been the Ambassador from Pakistan to the UK.

Ambassador Ahmed is one of the world’s foremost anthropologists and was inducted into the legendary figures in Anthropology’s Hall of Fame as part of the "Anthropological Ancestors" audio-visual interview series at Cambridge University in July 2004. He has written extensively on the tribal areas of Pakistan, including his book Resistance and Control in Pakistan (1983), and the anthropology of Muslim societies. His most recent projects have been unprecedented large-scale anthropological studies and as one Harvard intellectual noted, he is “changing the face of anthropology.”

A prolific author, he is also a playwright and three of his plays were staged in the DC area: "Noor", "The Trial of Dara Shikoh", and "From Waziristan to Washington: A Muslim at the Crossroads". Two plays, "Noor " and "The Trial of Dara Shikoh", were published by Saqi Books in the summer of 2009.

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed has also been a leader in interfaith dialogue and tries to build bridges between civilizations. Along with Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl he has had public dialogues in an effort to dispel hate and ignorance. For their efforts they were awarded the prestigious Purpose Prize in 2007.

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Total Books: 33
Islam and America
2008 - Islam and America (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780745635835
ISBN-10: 0745635830
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Resistance and Control in Pakistan
2004 - Resistance and Control in Pakistan (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415349109
ISBN-10: 0415349109
Genre: History
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Postmodernism and Islam Predicament and Promise
Islam Under Siege Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World
2003 - Islam Under Siege Living Dangerously in a Post-honor World [Themes for the 21st Century] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780745622095
ISBN-10: 0745622097
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Discovering Islam Making Sense of Muslim History and Society
Islam Today A Short Introduction to the Muslim World
2001 - Islam Today a Short Introduction to the Muslim World (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780756791223
ISBN-10: 0756791227
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Islam Today A Short Introduction to the Muslim World
1999 - Islam Today a Short Introduction to the Muslim World (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781860642579
ISBN-10: 1860642578
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Jinnah Pakistan and Islamic Identity The Search for Saladin
1997 - Jinnah Pakistan and Islamic Identity the Search for Saladin (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415149655
ISBN-10: 0415149657
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Living Islam From Samarkand to Stornoway
1993 - Living Islam From Samarkand to Stornoway (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780563364412
ISBN-10: 0563364416
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Pakistan Society Islam Ethnicity and Leadership in South Asia
Religion and Politics in Muslim Society Order and Conflict in Pakistan
1983 - Religion and Politics in Muslim Society Order and Conflict in Pakistan (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780521246354
ISBN-10: 0521246350
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Pukhtun Economy and Society Traditional Structure and Economic Development in a Tribal Society
1980 - Pukhtun Economy and Society Traditional Structure and Economic Development in a Tribal Society [International Library of Anthropology] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780710003898
ISBN-10: 0710003897
Genre: History
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Social and Economic Change in the Tribal Areas 1972-76
1978 - Social and Economic Change in the Tribal Areas 1972-76 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195772562
ISBN-10: 0195772563
Genre: History
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Towards an Islamic Anthropology
Towards an Islamic Anthropology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780317524550
ISBN-10: 0317524550
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The Future of Anthropology Its Relevance to the Contemporary World
Discovering Islam Making Sense of Muslim Heritage
Discovering Islam Making Sense of Muslim Heritage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780614211085
ISBN-10: 0614211085
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Millennium and Charisma Among Pathans A Critical Essay in Social Anthropology
Toward Islamic Anthropology Definition Dogma and Directions
Toward Islamic Anthropology Definition Dogma and Directions [Islamization of Knowledge Series, No 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780912463056
ISBN-10: 0912463058
Genre: Nonfiction
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Nahwa 'ilm Al-insan Al-islami Ta'rif Wa-nazariyat Wa-ittijahat [Silsilat Islamiyat Al-Ma'rifah - Arabic Edition] (Hardcover)