Gulen Lecture Series 2014


 Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, and poet, as well as an educational and humanitarian activist. Fethullah Gülen Lecture Series (FGLS) aims to live out Mr. Gülen’s life’s work by arranging lectures from scholars about Islam and universal values such as dialogue, democracy, education, family, justice and equity.

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice” of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago hosts the first FGLS and the Niagara Foundation is a proud partner of this lecture.

The Middle East in Transition: From the Arab Spring/Winter to the Extremist ‘Self-Described’ ISIS

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown University. Professor Esposito is the founding Director of The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. The ACMCU’s mission is to improve understandings and relations between the West and the Muslim world.

Sunday, Nov 2, 2014


2:00 – 2:30 PM – Reception & Registration
2:30 – 3:30 PM – Lecture / Q&A

Venue & Host
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

1100 East 55th St. Chicago, Illinois 60615


John L. Esposito
Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies
at Georgetown University

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.

Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments and corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. A former President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, he is currently Vice President (2011) and President Elect (2012) of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation and the board of C-1 World Dialogue and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

Esposito is recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, 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.). His more than 45 books and monographs include: Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, The Future of Islam, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics; 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); Islam: The Straight Path; 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); and Women in Muslim Family Law. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Esposito’s interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in 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.

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