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John Esposito

Distinguished University Professor | Georgetown University

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, and Professor 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.

Esposito is also S. Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies for 2019, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

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, 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-Radicalization, 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’s more than 55 books include: Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Natana Delong-Bas; Oxford, 2018), Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring (with J. Voll & Tamara Sonn; Oxford, 2015), Religion and Violence (Mdpi AG, 2016), Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed; Gallup, 2008), What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam (Oxford, 2011), The Future of Islam (Oxford, 2013) , Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2011), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (Oxford, 2003), The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? (Oxford, 1999), Islam and Politics, Makers of Contemporary Islam and Islam and Democracy (with John O. Voll; Oxford, 2001 -1996).