Author of ‘Engaging the Muslim World’ to speak at Auburn University

AUBURN – Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of history and director for the Center of South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, will present a lecture at Auburn University titled, “Engaging the Muslim World” on Monday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Haley Center 2370. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cole is one of the most informed voices on contemporary international affairs as they relate to the Muslim world and has written extensively about contemporary Islamic movements, speaking about al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War and the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan. For three decades, he has worked to put the relationship of the West and Muslim world into historical context.

“There is probably no matter more pressing or consequential for the United States today than our relationship with the Muslim world,” said Michael Kozuh, assistant professor of history in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. “By bringing in one of the foremost experts on current Muslim history and culture, we have a real opportunity to move beyond the background noise of sound bites and stump speeches that cloud a real understanding of the issues at hand.”

Cole’s many appearances include those on ABC Nightly News, Nightline the Today Show. His most recent book, “Engaging the Muslim World,” will serve as the basis for his lecture.

The lecture is part of a series of events related to the Auburn Connects! Common Book program, which this year focuses on the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. The Common Book program, along with the Department of History, University Special Lectures, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and the College of Liberal Arts, will sponsor the event. For more information on Auburn Connects! Common Book, go to

Contact: Michael Kozuh, (334) 844-4360 (, or
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