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John L Esposito

John L. Esposito is an expert in religion and international affairs, particularly within the context of the Middle East. A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations, universities, and the media worldwide, Professor Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam, and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia. Currently, Professor Esposito is University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is also the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Professor Esposito has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. Dr. Esposito is currently Vice-President and President-Elect of the American Academy of Religion.

Professor Esposito has been appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and to the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies.

He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 volumes), The Oxford History of Islam, a Book-of-the-Month Club and History Book Club selection, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 volumes). His more than thirty books include Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, and The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam: The Straight Path. His books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bahasa Indonesia, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, and European languages.

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