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Akbar Ahmed Tells His Life Story: From Pakistan to the United States

 WHAT: Waziristan to Washington: A Muslim at a Crossroads, one-man, multimedia theatrical memoir written and performed by School of International Service professor Akbar Ahmed

WHO:  Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, School of International Service, American University

WHEN:  7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23

WHERE:  Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theatre, D.C. Jewish Community Center
            1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5952 or

TICKETS: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the DCJCC Web site.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University professor Akbar Ahmed will perform his one-man theatrical memoir, Waziristan to Washington: A Muslim at a Crossroads, at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, Monday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Waziristan to Washington is a multimedia show documenting Ahmed’s life in Pakistan and the United States and his life’s work of building bridges between cultures and religions. Following Ahmed from his childhood in Pakistan, to his time as ambassador of Pakistan to the United Kingdom, to his arrival in the United States just after September 11, 2001, the show tells the story of two disparate cultures and his place between them. The multimedia production was conceived and developed by Ahmed with the help of co-writers Stephen Stern and John Milewski and media designer Sean Felix.

Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University’s School of International Studies and is the Distinguished Visiting Chair of Islamic Studies for the United States Naval Academy.  According to the BBC, he is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam.”  Ahmed has written more than 30 books and is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, and the BBC and has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Nightline.

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