ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An expert on Islam is joining the U.S. Naval Academy this fall. Akbar Ahmed, who is also a cultural anthropologist and the former high commissioner of Pakistan to Britain, will fill a new chair for Middle East Studies. He will teach courses, advise midshipmen and faculty, and assist in research projects.

Ahmed has promoted interfaith relations through his many books, television appearances and public dialogues with Judea Pearl, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. He has also worked in film and documentary.

His most recent book, published in 2007, is "Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization."