Statement by Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed regarding Daniel Pipes Nomination to the United States Institute of Peace

American University, Washington
July 31, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2003)—Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed released the following statement regarding the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the United States Institute of Peace.

“It was not my intention to either endorse or oppose Daniel Pipes’ nomination to the United States Institute of Peace in my Religion News Service article of July 2. Despite attempts by some to distort what I wrote in the article, I have never endorsed Daniel Pipes’ nomination. The purpose of my column was to encourage dialogue in America with those scholars and commentators who are usually seen as critics of Islam. Dialogue with these groups will strengthen the Muslim community and lead to a better understanding of Islam in the United States.

“Dialogue will continue to be my goal during these difficult times, despite efforts to misinterpret my position. I am acutely aware of how dialogue will help heal the hurt and anger in the Muslim community, which is why I called my new book Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World.”

Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. He is the author of a number of books, including Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society and Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World.

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