Akbar Ahmed




Stories by Akbar Ahmed
Salam and salutation to Pope Francis

Pope Francis (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The iconic spiritual leaders of our time took decades of struggle and growth … Continued

Mental illness, Islam or revenge?: Understanding terrorism from the Navy Yard to Pakistan to Kenya

Sept. 16, 2013Police personnel near the Navy Yard.Matt McClain / The Washington Post September 2013 has been a cruel month. … Continued

A Ramadan meditation in verse

Allah has many names Allah is Rahman He is Rahim He is also Ghafoor And known as Noor Some have … Continued

In Greece, a case study on Islam in Europe

June 28, 2012Golden Dawn members give a raised-fist salute as they are sworn into parliament.Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP via Getty … Continued

Mr. Sein goes to Washington: A call for lasting reforms in Myanmar

President Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein in the Oval Office May 20, 2013. (AP PHOTO JACQUELYN MARTIN) … Continued

The tribe and the war on terror

The following is an excerpt from chapter six of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became … Continued

‘How America’s war on terror became a global war on tribal Islam’

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became … Continued

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingya, and the Challenge of Faith

AP In this photo taken on Sept. 8, 2012, Muslims gather during a visit by a delegation of American diplomats … Continued

Hope at Lambeth Palace

REUTERS Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the theology think tank Theos in London on Oct. 1, 2012. The … Continued

N.Y. bomb plot: What radicalizes some converts to Islam?

View Photo Gallery: Jose Pimentel of Manhattan is being held in police custody on numerous terrorism-related charges. The case of Jose … Continued