John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books, including What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam and The Future of Islam and is Editor in Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Emad El-Din Shahin is Professor of Public Policy at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Political Ascent: Contemporary Islamic Movements in North Africa, Through Muslim Eyes: Muhammad Rashid Rida and the West, and, with Nathan J. Brown, The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East: Regional Politics and External Policies.
Esposito and Shahin are two of the most prolific and prominent scholars of Islam today. It is entirely expected that they would be able to assemble a team of contributors who are well respected in the field, and encourage them to present essays that are informed and engaging. The result is commendable... At a time when misunderstandings and misinformation about Islam abound, this timely, erudite book offers a comprehensive and authoritative survey of most of the current issues relating to Islam and politics... Highly recommended. --CHOICE