Ambassador Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. This Bridge Builder event is cosponsored by the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, the Baker Institute Student Forum, and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
Ambassador Ahmed has been called "the 21st century Muslim Alexis de Tocqueville" and "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" (per the BBC). His most recent book is "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam" (Brookings Institution Press, 2010).
Ambassador Ahmed helped create the First Abrahamic Summit in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. In 2005, he and his Jewish and Christian summit partners received the First Annual Bridge Builders Award given by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.