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Leading Middle East Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

March 17, 2008

Fawaz A. Gerges
DELAWARE, OHIO – Middle East expert and frequent media commentator Fawaz A. Gerges will discuss relations among Islamists, jihadists, and the Western World when he presents Ohio Wesleyan University’s fifth annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

Gerges, the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, will present “The Future of Islamist Militancy: A Theoretical and Historical Footnote” at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the Benes Rooms in Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Gerges recently returned from the Middle East after completing a 15-month study that involved interviewing hundreds of opinion makers, activists, and others in the Muslim world and Muslim communities in Europe. He is working on two books based on his research, including a look at young militants who have either fought in Iraq or are eager to take up arms.

Gerges’ other books include “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” (Harcourt Press, 2007) and “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global” (Cambridge University Press, 2005.) “The Far Enemy” was selected by The Washington Post as one of the best 15 books published in the field in 2005.

Gerges has been interviewed by media outlets around the world, including ABC, CNN, BBC, PBS, CBS, NPR, CBC, and Al Jazeera. He was a senior ABC-TV news correspondent from 2000 until 2006. In addition, his articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

He earned his master’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University.

His presentation is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program and is the university’s 2008 Corinne Lyman Lecture. Lyman, an emeritus professor of politics and government, was instrumental in creating the university’s International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program’s chairperson until her retirement in 1999.

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