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Bridge Initiative
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

Project Director, Bridge Initiative

Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Oxford Encyclopedia

University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Bridge Initiative: Protecting Pluralism – Ending Islamophobia in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross.

Past President of the American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association of North America and Vice Chair the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy’s Board of Directors, Esposito has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation, a Senior Scientist for The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments, corporations, universities, and media worldwide.

Esposito has authored more than 50 books include. His books and articles have been translated into more than 45 languages.

Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.).

Esposito’s interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times of London, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito.

Biography data as at 18.10.17
Main Publications: 

1.) Esposito, John L., and John Obert Voll. 1996. Islam and democracy. New York: Oxford University Press. http://site.ebrary.com/id/10278893.

2.) Esposito, John L., and İbrahim Kalın. 2011. Islamophobia: the challenge of pluralism in the 21st century. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.dawsonera.com/depp/reader/protected/external/AbstractView/S97....

3.) Esposito, John L., and Ihsan Yilmaz. 2010. Islam and peacebuilding: Gülen movement initiatives. New York: Blue Dome.

4.) Esposito, John L., Tamara Sonn, and John Obert Voll. 2016. Islam and democracy after the Arab Spring.

5.) Esposito, John L. 2008. Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. N.p.: Gallup Press.

6.) Esposito, John L. 2010. Unholy war: terror in the name of Islam. Riyadh: International Islamic Publishing House.

7.) Esposito, John L. 1999. The Islamic threat: myth or reality? New York: Oxford University Press.

8.) Esposito, John L., and John O. Voll. 2001. Makers of Contemporary Islam. N.p.: Oxford University Press.

9.) Esposito, John L., John Obert Voll, and Osman Bakar. 2008. Asian Islam in the 21st century. New York: Oxford University Press. http://site.ebrary.com/id/10212025.

10.) Esposito, John L., Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis. 2009. World religions today. New York: Oxford University Press.

11.) Hitchcock, Susan Tyler, and John L. Esposito. 2004. Geography of religion: where God lives, where pilgrims walk. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.

12.) Esposito, John L., and François Burgat. 2003. Modernizing Islam: religion in the public sphere in the Middle East and Europe. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

13.) Esposito, John L. 1997. Political Islam: revolution, radicalism, or reform? Boulder, Colo: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

14.) Esposito, John L., and Michael Watson. 2000. Religion and global order. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

15.) Tamimi, Azzam, and John L. Esposito. 2000. Islam and secularism in the Middle East. New York: New York University Press.

16.) Esposito, John L., and Rouhollah K. Ramazani. 2001. Iran at the crossroads. New York: Palgrave.

17.) Esposito, John L., and Natana J. DeLong-Bas. 2001. Women in Muslim family law. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press.

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