Juan Cole
Renowned Middle East Expert

Juan R. I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent books include Engaging the Muslim World and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others.


In addition to his extensive writings on Egypt, Iraq, and South Asia, Juan also covers the politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran in his regular column at Salon.com. Juan continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shiite. He is fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, reads some Turkish, and knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. Juan is President of the Global Americana Institute, a non-profit project that aims to translate important books by great Americans and about America into Arabic. He has lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years and continues to travel widely there.

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With substantive recommendations for the next administration on how to move forward in key countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, Engaging the Muslim World reveals how we can repair the damage of the disastrous foreign policy of the last eight years and forge ahead on a path of peace and prosperity.

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Napoleon's EgyptInvading the Middle East
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In this vivid and timely history, Juan Cole tells the story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Cole ultimately reveals how Napoleon's invasion, the first modern attempt to invade the Arab world, invented and crystallized the rhetoric of liberal imperialism.

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Sacred Space And Holy WarThe Politics, Culture and History of Shi'ite Islam
I.B. Tauris

Cole shows that Shi'i clerical institutions have been supple and imaginative in coming to terms with phenomena such as modern finance capital, imperialism and the modern bureaucratic state. This book will prove of enormous interest to those interested in the history of Islam and the Islamic world, and to all students of the Middle East.

Success and Failure in the War on Terror Juan Cole looks at America's successes and failures in Afghanistan, Iraq, and across the globe in the fight against terror.
Shiite Radicalism and Iranian Policy Iran continues to play the role of agitator in the region, and Juan sheds light on the realities of the issue of Iran and America's foreign policy in the Middle East.
Islamophobia in American PoliticsA discussion of the misconceptions of Islam in American politics.
Climate Change and Islamic Oil A discussion of the effects of climate change and the increasing demand for oil and influence of OPEC and Islamic states.
Napoleon in Egypt, America in Iraq A discussion of the parallels between the two occupations, with lessons for the future of American intervention in the coming years.

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Praise for Engaging the Muslim World
"Engaging the Muslim World is a MUST read, the right book at the right time for anyone who wants to understand 'What went wrong, why, and where do we go from here.' Juan Cole is uniquely qualified to provide a critical, incisive, provocative analysis and commentary that will be welcomed by experts, policymakers and concerned citizens."
-John L. Esposito, Professor of religion & International Affairs, Georgetown University

"[Cole] brings a constructive addition to public discourse."
-Publishers Weekly

"Engaging the Muslim World is the book every educated American should read."
-Chalmers Johnson, bestselling author of Nemesis and The Blowback Trilogy

“Juan was wonderful! The event was a great success.”
-Western Michigan University