At Maxwell April 29th: Juan Cole, Author of Engaging the Muslim World

The State of Democracy Lecture Series Presents

Juan Cole

Professor of History, University of Michigan and author of Engaging the Muslim World

April 29, 2011

4:00 pm Maxwell Auditorium

Cole will discuss “Democracy and the Revolt in the Muslim World”

The discussion will be joined by Amy Kallander, Professor of History and
Miriam Elman, Professor of Political Science, before turning to a Q&A with the audience.

Juan Cole is such a refreshing, extraordinary force attempting to drag Americans toward a more enlightened and constructive understanding of the Muslim world.

— Steve Clemons, New America Foundation

Cole’s Blog: Informed Comment, Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion –

Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History  at the  University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March 2009). He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at Truthdig. He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there.

Read more about Juan Cole  in this Harpers article:

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