This week, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Amb. Akbar Ahmed. Amb. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

President Lisa McCurdy opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Lisa McCurdy led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thomas Napier provided the Words of Inspiration, reflecting upon what it means to be good to your fellow man.
 
Secretary Catherine Pociask called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Zayed Al Nehayan
 
 
Asad Hussaini
Director, Zafco
 
Padam Lall Maharjan
 
Visiting Rotarian
April Mazzo
 
Hal Vaughn
Lisbeth Ceballos
VP Housekeeping Ops Services, G6 Hospitality
 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Day then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Amb. Akbar Ahmed. Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Ahmed’s career has included distinguished posts in both academia and public service. Highlights from the past four decades of Ahmed’s academic career include appointments such as: Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge; and teaching positions at Harvard and Princeton Universities. Ahmed dedicated more than three decades to the Civil Service of Pakistan, the senior-most cadre of the Central Superior Services of Pakistan, where his posts included Commissioner in Balochistan, Political Agent in the Tribal Areas, including Waziristan, and Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland.
 
Ahmed’s expertise has earned high praise around the world. The BBC called him, “The world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam,” and the Saudi Gazette lauded him as, “Perhaps the most influential living authority on contemporary Muslim societies.”
 
Ahmed’s critically acclaimed projects include academic books, documentaries, plays, poetry, a feature film, and a comic book. Ahmed’s most recent book, Journey into Europe (2018), is the fourth book in a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and Islamic world. The book has been featured in multiple summer reading lists and received positive reviews in popular publications, including, The New York Times and the San Francisco Review of Books. The first three books in the quartet, Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2007), Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (2010), and The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (2013) also received notable media attention. Journey into America and Journey into Europe were accompanied by documentaries of the same name (2009 and 2015).
 
President Lisa McCurdy adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.