Lecture by Dr. Saad Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Recipient of the 2006 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award; Introduction by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, American University
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Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C., is "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" according to the BBC. Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain he has advised Prince Charles and met with President George W. Bush on Islam. His numerous books, films and documentaries have won awards. His books have been translated into many languages including Chinese and Indonesian. Dr. Ahmed is regularly interviewed on CNN, CBC, the BBC, ARY TV and has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Night Line. He has presented and narrated "The Glories of Islamic Art", the three-part television series for Channel 5, UK.
- 2006 IRDL recipient, Dr. Saad Ibrahim, Egypt
Saad El-Din Ibrahim is professor of political sociology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies.
Dr. Ibrahim is one of the most prominent Arab sociologists, and has published widely on Islam, politics, democracy, citizenship, and civil society. He became the center of international attention when he was arrested in 2000 on charges that many viewed as politically motivated and was accused of accepting foreign funds without permission from the Egyptian government and for publishing information that "tarnished Egypt's image." He was convicted by an Egyptian military court and was sentenced to 7 years of hard labor. In 2003, and after 18 months in prison, Egypt's highest criminal court acquitted him of all charges. He has received numerous awards, including the Pagels Award, New York Academy of Sciences; American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholar Award; Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament; International PEN Writers in Distress Award; International Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights; the Bette Bao Lord Prize for Writing in the Cause of Freedom. Dr. Ibrahim was a Public Policy Scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2005.
Dr. Eliot Sorel, Senior Advisor to the Ratiu Foundation for the IRDL, discusses the 2006 Ratiu Lecture