Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires (Bold Type, 2018). He is also author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and many other books. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has appeared on PBS’s News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes’ All Inn, Democracy Now! and many other news shows. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has published on the upheavals in the Arab World since 2011, including about Sunni extremist groups and Shiite politics. He has regular columns at The Nation and Truthdig. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads Turkish, and knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for more than a decade, and continues to travel widely there.
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan