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Ahmed, Akbar S.

Works: 161 works in 503 publications in 4 languages and 15,603 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Host, Speaker, Author of screenplay, Producer, Performer, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Scenarist, Scientific advisor
Classifications: BP163, 297.090511
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Most widely held works by Akbar S Ahmed
Islam today : a short introduction to the Muslim world by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
22 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to Islam attemps to overcome decades of bigotry and misunderstandings as it explains the tenets of a religion practiced by more than one billion people, explaining the traditions that lie at this belief's heart
Discovering Islam making sense of Muslim history and society by Akbar S Ahmed ( )
46 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This accessible work balances the image of Islam as aggressive and fanatical with an objective picture of the main features of Muslim history and the compulsions of Muslim society
Journey into Islam the crisis of globalization by Akbar S Ahmed ( )
11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Presents a tour of Islam and its peoples as it follows author's anthropological expedition to the three major regions of the Muslim world--the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Reveals unique information on large, often misunderstood populations, describing the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims, women, and youth"--Provided by publisher
Postmodernism and Islam : predicament and promise by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
38 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this book one of the world's leading Muslim scholars explores an area which has been almost entirely neglected by scholars in the field - the area of postmodernism and Islam." "Emphasizing the role of the mass media in shaping our understanding of East-West relations, Akbar S. Ahmed analyses the ways in which the media turned events like the Salmon Rushdie affair and the Gulf War into a carnival of spectacle and entertainment. He makes use of the postmodern theme of the displaced, circulating image to show how images are used to tell stories - stories which are not always helpful or accurate." "In this new, revised edition, Akbar S. Ahmed includes a new preface, in which he reconsiders this topic in the light of the contemporary, post-September 11, world."--BOOK JACKET
Living Islam : from Samarkand to Stornoway by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
11 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Islam is the dominant world religion, followed by more than a fifth of the world's population, and Muslims today cover the world, from Samarkand in Central Asia to Stornoway in Scotland. But what is Islam? Its history? Its culture? Its values?
The thistle and the drone : how America's War on Terror became a global war on tribal Islam by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that the campaigns that fall under "The War on Terror" have exacerbated the already-broken relationship between central Islamic governments and the tribal societies within their borders
Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic identity : the search for Saladin by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
21 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and French and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four men shaped the end of British rule in India: Nehru, Gandhi, Mountbatten and Jinnah. We know a great deal about the first three, but Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, has mostly either been ignored or in the case of Richard Attenborough's hugely successful film, Gandhi, portrayed as a cold megalomaniac, bent on the bloody partition of India. Akbar Ahmed's major study tells a different story of heroism and tragedy and of backstage manoeuvering among the governing elite of the Raj, and argues for Jinnah's continuing relevance as contemporary Islam debates its future direction
Islam under siege : living dangerously in a post-honor world by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book will help students, scholars of politics, sociology, international relations and cultural studies, and reporters as well as a more general audience interested in some of the most important issues of our time."--BOOK JACKET
Islam, globalization, and postmodernity by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The outside world now reaches into even the most closeted Muslim home through the various channels of the mass media, but globalization has raised many issues. This work captures and explores some of the debate, uncertainty and conflict generated as Islam moves into the 21st century
Resistance and control in Pakistan by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
17 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this extraordinary book one of the world's leading authorities on Islam explains what is happening in the Muslim world today and assesses the underlying causes
Millennium and charisma among Pathans : a critical essay in social anthropology by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
20 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After terror : promoting dialogue among civilizations by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Demonstrating the power of dialogue and mutual understanding, as well as suggesting the possibility of tolerance, respect, cooperation and commitment, this text sets out views from some of the greatest thinkers of our time in order to defuse the ticking time-bomb that is global terrorism
Pakistan society : Islam, ethnicity, and leadership in South Asia by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies the complexity and diversity of Pakistan society illustrated by case studies from Pakistan. Covers the prominence of the Mullahs in the North-West Frontier Province, Sufis in Sind, Sardars in Baluchistan to peasant farmers in Punjab
The conceit of innocence : losing the conscience of the West in the war against Bosnia ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Innocence may be lost in the post-Cold War West, but the imitation of innocence is evident in the social and political landscape of the 1990s. Eminent sociologist David Riesman has argued that the current culture attempts to imitate a purity of action, motive, and spirit commonly associated with the 1950s: faith in government, optimism concerning the future, and a can-do social and political attitude. These essays by prominent scholars and former policy makers carry forward Riesman's assertions in exposing the pretense in supposedly moral-driven Western policy, especially as it pertains to the crisis in Bosnia."--BOOK JACKET
Living Islam ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A series both about Islam as a living idea and how the idea is lived. It is a tour round the history, the faith and cultures of Islam. Focuses on what it mean to be Muslim in today's world, living with the great tradition of a world religion, and the little traditions of local, regional and village cultures
Toward Islamic anthropology : definition, dogma, and directions by Akbar S Ahmed ( Book )
14 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Islam vs. Islam ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Muslims are a monotheistic people; they believe in one God, Allah, but Muslims around the world are not of one mind. A conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute explored the great collisions of the 21st century, beginning with the collision between Islam and the West. Eight journalists and scholars--among them Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Agnostics--discuss the reactions to September 11 in the Muslim community, and what events since 9/11 reveal about Islam's own contradictions
Glories of Islamic art ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Explores the connection of the religion of Islam with its art and architecture, revealing how artistic giants such as Siniam were led by Islamic movement to craft a glorious aesthetic heritage. Their faith is reflected in the related but distinct achievements throughout the centuries"--Container
Justice and Jihad ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At an Aspen Institute seminar on Islam and the West moderated by Moyers, eight distinguished journalists and scholars from around the world discuss reactions to the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and what subsequent events reveal about Islam's contradictions. Special attention is paid to the influence of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the perception of unlimited American support for Israel. The panel draws distinctions between the behavior of Muslims and the teachings of Islam and articulates the difference between terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and fundamentalist political groups. They debate the clash of Islam with a modern world and how the Koran can be reconciled with democracy and a viable economy
Death by stoning justice, punishment, and human rights ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Under Islamic law, the bearing of a child out of wedlock is a capital offense--and the instrument of death is stoning, as done since time immemorial. Set in Nigeria, this ABC News program uses the harrowing case of Amina Lawal as a platform to discuss the concepts of justice and punishment as they relate to human rights. Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic studies and professor of international relations at American University, and Ayesha Imam, founding director of a human rights agency that assisted in Ms. Lawal's defense, are featured"--Case
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Alternative Names
Aḥmad, Akbar S.
Ahmed, A. S. 1943-
Ahmed, Akbar
Ahmed, Akbar 1943-
Ahmed Akbar S.
Ahmed, Akbar Salāh-ad-Din 1943-
Ahmed, Akbar Salahudin.
Ahmed, Akbar Salahudin 1943-
Akbar Salahudin Ahmed
أكبر س. أحمد، 1943-
أكبر صلاح الدين أحمد، 1943-
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