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Letter from the Editor

John L. Esposito, Editor in Chief

One of the most renowned scholars in the field of Islamic studies in the United States, Editor in Chief John L. Esposito provides a regular commentary for visitors to the site. These letters discuss topics pertaining to this resource and the Islamic world, developments on the site and other issues.

John L. Esposito

Dear Friends,

I wanted share with you a nice chat I had with the Toledo Institution for the launch of its podcast The Transit Lounge, which tracks the "journeys of people who have had a considerable impact on the Muslim World—whether they be community heroes, founders of businesses with high social impact or influential academics." I have always found that I like to get the human sense of the people who I read or admire, beyond the scholarship and public personas. My discussion with Mohamad Zaoud turned out to be a great example of this, as it allowed for a frank exploration of Islamic studies, from the days when the field was virtually nonexistent in the West, to the vibrant, diverse, and growing field we are cultivating today.

You can find the full interview here.

Thank you again for your continued support of our work here. Sincerely,


John L. Esposito
Editor in Chief
Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Fall 2018

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