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Juan Cole Weighs in on Politics in Iraq


September 14, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Distinguished author and professor, Juan Cole, will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University as part of the Sagan National Colloquium series on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel (61 S. Sandusky). Cole will be discussing "Islam and American Politics in American Iraq," which will explore Islamic and American political ideas as part of the Colloquium’s theme this year: "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects."

Juan Cole is a professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. He also runs a popular website, Informed Comment, where he provides a daily summary of news from Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab world. Cole will weigh the history of politics in Iraq and the relationship between various religious political groups within the Middle East with recent developments in Iraq.

An author of numerous books, including Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture, and History of Shi’ite Islam (2002) and Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt’s ‘Urabi Movement (1999), Cole appears regularly on national and international news and interview programs.

The Sagan National Colloquium is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.