Interreligious and intercultural dialogue is not only urgent but critical to the survival of the human species.
Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
Topic: Interfaith Pathways
“Interreligious and intercultural dialogue is not only urgent but critical to the survival of the human species. In our globalized, blended world, where different religions and cultures encounter each other daily, you will have nothing but turmoil and violence unless you actively promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue to achieve harmony and understanding.”
Akbar Salahuddin Ahmed, (born. January 15, 1943) also known as Akbar Ahmed, is an American-Pakistani academic, author, poet, playwright, filmmaker and former diplomat. He currently holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and is Professor of International Relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. A former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Ahmed was a member of the Civil Service of Pakistan and served as Political Agent in South Waziristan Agency and Commissioner in Baluchistan. He also served as the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) at the University of Cambridge as well as holding teaching positions at Harvard, Princeton, and the U.S. Naval Academy. An anthropologist and scholar of Islam, he received his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has been called "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC.
Ahmed, Akbar, The Importance of Interreligious Dialogue, May 3, 2010 [Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, American University, "The Importance of Interreligious Dialogue," (Berkley Center website)].
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