Expert on contemporary Islam to give free lecture at Xavier

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The leading international expert on contemporary Islam has been invited to speak at Xavier University in a free lecture that is open to the public.

On Friday, Oct. 21st, Pakistani Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, will explore the contemporary issues facing Muslims in America. He will also shed light on extremist Islamic groups and the reality of their influence in national and global politics. He will speak at 4:00 pm in Kennedy Auditorium of Xavier's Conaton Learning Commons at the corner of Dana and Ledgewood Avenues. Free parking is available in the lot of Smith Hall across Ledgewood Avenue. For more details, please call 513-745-3585.

Ambassador Ahmed has been called "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC, and is a frequent commentator on CNN. He is professor of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington after having taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and serving as Ambassador of Pakistan to Great Britain. In 2008-2009 he toured the United States and conducted a study of American society through the experiences of the Muslim community. His recent book, Journey Into America: The Challenge of Islam, contains the findings.

The Ambassador has appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, NPR, PBS and CSPAN.

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