Charles Goyette Interviews John Esposito

Charles Goyette, March 06, 2008

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John Esposito, professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University and author of Who Speaks for Islam: What the Islamic World Really Thinks, discusses the similarity of today’s warmongering anti-Muslims with the anti-Semites of the past, the average Muslim’s view of terrorism as a tactic, why the terrorists and many others hate us and Muslim views on freedom of speech.

MP3 here. (17:39)

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and Religion and International Affairs. He is editor-in-chief of the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam and The Islamic World: Past and Present. His more than thirty books include Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics, Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?, Islam and democracy (with J. Voll). Many have been translated into Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu, European languages, Japanese and Chinese. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, he is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, the High Level Group of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations and President of the Executive Scientific Committee for La Maison de la Mediterranee’s 2005-2010 project, “The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue.” Esposito is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and to governments, corporations, universities, and the media. In 2003 he received the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching.

3 Responses to “John Esposito”

  1. Charles,

    Great interview, I think you should know however that many of the quotations in the Harper’s compilation where taken completely out of context: http://westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2008/02/clueless-would.html.

    I hope that you do continue to explore anti-Muslim sentiment but also that you spend more time fact-checking in the future.

  2. I don’t believe it is a war of revivalism. I prefer to call it a war on wahhabism since OBL declared war on us and attacked us.

  3. My addenda to the previous as I didn’t know I would get thru.: Expansion of Mubarak’s control of imams and mosques to an international policy sanctioned by the UN making it mandatory that all teachings of a God would be preceded by a disclaimer saying that God has yet to be proven and that what is taught is just belief. I don’t believe any brainwashing can be accomplished with the production of readily available suicide bombers when there is an injection of skepticism. It is the certainty of a God and a heaven that is at fault in this ‘holy war’ that has made it possible to have people kill at the behest of power hungry leaders such as those who are trying to control the flow of oil. Thanks

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