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    “In this inspiring book Professor Akbar Ahmed continues his personal quest of bridging the gap between the Orient and the West, as he did in his earlier books and projects.” Dr. Husein ef. Kavazovic, Grand Mufti of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    “Amongst all of his important books, this gem of a book is Ambassador Ahmed’s magnum opus.” Dr. Amineh Hoti, Fellow-Commoner, University of Cambridge, and author of Gems and Jewels: The Religions of Pakistan.

    “Akbar Ahmed is a Muslim treasure himself. ” Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, President, co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California.
    ISBN: 9789694026404
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE FLYING MAN
    Author: AKBAR AHMED


    Akbar Ahmed’s profound and careful inquiries have greatly enriched our understanding of Islam in the modern world. His latest study, based on direct research with a group of young scholars, explores the complex interfaith reality of Europe, both in history and today, from an Eastern perspective, reversing the familiar paradigm. It is sure to be yet another influential contribution, one greatly needed in a world riven by conflicts and misunderstanding.

    Dr Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    This book is essential reading to all who want to understand our world. As a South Asian Christian, I can say with pride: South Asia has produced two Akbars Akbar the Great, the emperor who united India, and Akbar Ahmed, who brings peace and harmony among nations through research and knowledge. Akbar, who I have known for decades, is my brother and my hero. He belongs to all of humanity. Long live the passion of Akbar to see one harmonious world with animosity and hatred for none.

    Councillor Dr James Shera MBE, S.Pk., Former Mayor of Rugby, England, Freeman of the Borough of Rugby, and Distinguished Formanite

    I don’t exaggerate when I say that today Akbar Ahmed is the most knowledgeable scholar writing on Islam and the way the religion is affecting global affairs. In his extensive coverage of the subject, he has brought new insights policymakers in the West would do well to understand. In my own work what I have found most helpful is Professor Ahmed’s finding that Islam’s appeal to some of the extremist elements in Muslim societies should be understood in the context of the survival of tribalism in the structure and value systems of some of the societies that are contributing recruits to Islamist causes. In dealing with these dissidents, the use of force is not the preferred solution. What would work ultimately is the development and modernization of these societies.

    Shahid Javed Burki, former Vice President of the World Bank, former Finance Minister of Pakistan, and author of Rising Powers and Global Governance
    ISBN: 9780199408658
    Author: AKBAR AHMED


    1n the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United states declared war on terrorism. More than ten years later, the results are decidedly mixed. Here world-renowned author, diplomat, and scholar Akbar Ahmed reveals an important yet largely ignored result of this war: in many nations it has exacerbated the already broken relationship between central governments and the largely rural Muslim tribal societies on the peripheries of both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. The center and the periphery are engaged in a mutually destructive civil war across the globe, a conflict that has been intensified by the war on terror. Conflicts between governments and tribal societies predate the war on terror in many regions, from South Asia to the Middle East to North Africa, pitting those in the centers of power against those who live in the outlying provinces. Akbar Ahmed’s unique study demonstrates that this conflict between the center and the periphery has entered a new and dangerous stage with U.S. involvement after 9/n and the deployment of drones, in the hunt for al Qaeda, threatening thevery existence of many tribal societies American f irepowerand its vast anti-terror network have turned the war on terror into a global war on tribal Islam. And too often the victims are innocent children at school, women in their homes, workers simply trying to earn a living, and worshipers in their mosques. Battered by military attacks or drone strikes one day and suicide bombers the next, the tribes bemoan, “Everyday is like 9/11 for us.”

    In The Thistle and the Drone, the third volume in Ahmed’s groundbreaking trilogy examining relations between America and the Muslim world, the author draws on forty case studies representing the global spanof Islam to demonstrate how the U.S. has become involved directly or indirectly in each of these societies. The study provides the social and historical context necessary to understand how both central governments and tribal societies have become embroiled in America’s war. Beginning with Waziristan and expanding to societies in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, Ahmed offers a fresh approach to the conflicts studied and presents an unprecedented paradigm for understanding and winning the war on terror.
    ISBN: 9789694025667
    Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
    Author: AKBAR AHMED