Archive: Akbar Ahmed
Christians and Muslims together form half the world's population, and as a Muslim educated in Pakistan by Christians, it breaks my heart to see these two great faiths in conflict.
By Akbar Ahmed | January 4, 2011; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (153)
Our debates about Islam are no longer rational.
By Akbar Ahmed | October 21, 2010; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (70)
A reflection on how love holds the answer to the religious issues dividing the world today.
By Akbar Ahmed | October 18, 2010; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (13)
To many Americans, the imam's insistence on linking the construction of the mosque with "national security" appeared almost like a veiled threat. He seemed to be saying to those Americans "give me the mosque or else, your national security is threatened." When 75% of Americans are already against the mosque, this tragedy to me is counterproductive.
By Akbar Ahmed | September 10, 2010; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (8)
Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni Khāmene'i, in the name of God, the most Compassionate and the most Merciful, I appeal to you as an esteemed scholar and religious leader to show compassion and mercy to these young American hikers and their families.
By Akbar Ahmed | September 3, 2010; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (6)
In Swat Valley, an area which has received billions of dollars in American aid, the ordinary people continue to suffer, and the Taliban keeps coming back.
By Akbar Ahmed | July 12, 2010; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (7)
McChrystal and Petraeus understand Muslim culture with its myriad sects, ethnicities and leadership patterns and above all the importance it gives to notions of dignity and respect. That is precisely what turned the tide in Iraq and may just pull off the impossible in Afghanistan by doing the same there.
By Akbar Ahmed | June 30, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (9)