‘Engaging the Muslim World’ author to speak at UMaine

Posted April 06, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine School of Policy & International Affairs has invited University of Michigan history professor Juan R.I. Cole, an expert on Middle East history, to speak at 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Room 117 of the D.P. Corbett Business Building.

The lecture, “Engaging the Muslim World,” is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For three decades, Cole has helped put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. He has been a regular guest on the “PBS News Hour” and other shows, such as “ABC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” “Today” and “Charlie Rose.

Cole, who is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at Michigan, also is the author of “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East.”  Cole’s thoughts on Middle Eastern and American politics may be found on his weblog, “Informed Comment” at http://www.juancole.com/books-on-mideast.

He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaida 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. Cole continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shiite.

For information, call 581-1835, or visit www.spia.umaine.edu.

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