Journey into America Screening at the American Embassy
3 December 2012
Visiting Fellow Professor Akbar Ahmed was recently welcomed at the American Embassy at a special screening of his film: "Journey into America".
Introducing Professor Ahmed, Barbara J. Stephenson, Deputy Chief of Mission, stated:
"Professor Ahmed is - quite simply – one of the greatest scholars of Islam in the world today. As such, we’re very fortunate to have him join us this evening to share his intriguing film and afterwards some of observations on today’s issues and challenges for Muslims."
The subject of the film is an unprecedented road trip in which Professor Ahmed and a group of researchers visited more than 75 cities and over 100 mosques to discuss the experience of Muslims in America. As the Deputy Chief of Mission observed:
"What... comes through, from the voices of many of the Muslims he meets during his road trip, is a tangible sense that they belong in America. Which, for me, is the essential discovery: that you can be an American and a Muslim and it diminishes neither your national nor your religious identity. The same, I believe, can be true for British Muslims. I know that this notion is at the heart of the debate taking place at the moment about multiculturalism, diversity and extremism. To my mind, it is a possible and realistic vision. And finding a way to strengthen the hand of those moderates who are not only comfortable, but also entirely positive, about being fully devoted to your country and your religion is the key to progress."