International Activities Council Lecture Series

The U. S. and the Muslim World: Letter to the Next President

John Esposito
Dr. John Esposito
Thursday, September 25
3:30 p.m.
K-State Student Union Forum Hall
Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Author of Islam: The Straight Path and Modernizing Islam
Sponsored by the International Activities Council and the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President

University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

A consultant to the Department of State as well as corporations, universities, and the media worldwide, Esposito has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and President of the Executive Scientific Committee for La Maison de la Mediterranee’s 2005-2010 project, “The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue.” Esposito 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. In 2003 he received the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching

Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, a Book-of-the-Month Club and History Book Club selection, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6vols.), and Oxford Islamic Studies Online. His more than 35 books include: Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, World Religions Today and Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis), Asian Islam in the 21st Century, Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk (with S. Hitchcock), The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Politics; Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat) Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?, Religion and Global Order (with M. Watson), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi); Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani); Islam, Gender, and Social Change and Muslims on the Americanization Path and Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad); Women in Muslim Family Law; Asian Islam in the 21st Century. Esposito’sbooks and articles have been translated into more than 28 languages.

Esposito has been interviewed or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC and in newspapers, magazines, and the media in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito.