American University in Washington DC has honoured Pakistani-American scholar Dr Akbar Ahmed with the 2016-17 SIS Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of his research.
Ambassador Ahmed, who is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, said the award marks a distinction for all Pakistani-Americans and American Muslims.
“I am delighted and humbled and believe the award highlights the contributions that people from our country and the Muslim world make to higher learning in the United States,” Dr Ahmed said, who received the award as part of the annual American university School of International Service (SIS) end-of-year celebration.
Ahmed, who has authored several books on contemporary challenges facing the Muslims and the West, has been a leading faculty member of SIS, one of the top ten schools of international affairs in the United States.
The award acknowledges his “innovative and important scholarship as well as [his] dedicated, rigorous, and inspiring mentoring of our students and [his] service to our community.”
Dr Ahmed received this prestigious award before a full house and a standing ovation of SIS staff and faculty.
Applauding Dr Ahmed’s services Dean James Goldgeier said to Ahmed’s family, “He is a legend,” as he complimented Ahmed, the award ceremony was a momentous opportunity to reflect upon Ahmed’s achievements as a member of the SIS faculty.
Goldgeier praised Ahmed’s research and work in bringing his insightful experience to the students. Ahmed’s quartet of studies examining relations between the West and the Muslim world, will again highlight the issues in his forthcoming book ‘Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity’.