Akbar Ahmed, a renowned Islamic scholar and anthropologist, recently toured the Muslim world with several of his students. He found that Muslims abroad felt that they were not understood in the West, and perhaps were being deliberately misrepresented by Western – and particularly American – media. Despite being well informed about US culture and politics, they knew little about Islam in the United States and were amazed that Ahmed’s Muslim students could wear hear covers and go to mosque. They were even more impressed when one Christian student refused to enter a mosque because she did not have a scarf to cover her hair; the incident made every paper in Pakistan. One radical ideologue at India’s Deoband University, author of a book that seeks to justify killing civilians in democracies seen to oppress Islam, was so impressed by the evident good will of the American group that he eventually sought permission to translate one of Ahmed’s books into Urdu (the official literary language of Pakistan). It argues for dialogue between Islam and the West and is dedicated to a prominent Jewsih scholar.