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A World Without Islam?

In conversation with Rabbi Reuven Firestone and Dr. Maher Hathout
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Episode Summary
Join us for an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most important international crises and how we might move conversations beyond religious and ideological divides.

Participant(s) Bio
Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, in charge of long-range strategic forecasting. He is currently an independent writer, analyst, lecturer and consultant on Muslim world affairs and Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is the author of numerous books on the Middle East.

Rabbi Reuven Firestone has conducted extensive research on holy war in both Islamic and Jewish tradition. He received Rabbinic Ordination in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from New York University in 1988. Among his many fellowships, he was awarded a Fulbright in 2006 for study and research at American University in Cairo. Rabbi Firestone has authored numerous books, among them: Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis; Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam; Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims; Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, and, An Introduction to Islam for Jews.