JOHN LOUIS ESPOSITO
Director, Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim – Christian Understanding, USA

DISTINGUISHED ROYAL SESSION
17 JULY 2018 / 11.30 AM
CULTURAL LANGUAGE OF RELIGION
18 JULY 2018 / 10.15 AM – 12.15 PM

John Louis Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was the Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding and now its current director. The center received a $20 million endowment from Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal “to advance education in the fields of Islamic civilization and Muslim-Christian understanding and strengthen its presence as a world leader in facilitating cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.” He earned a PhD at Temple University, Pennsylvania in 1974, studying Islam and held postdoctoral appointments at Harvard and Oxford. He had taught religious studies (including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam) at the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit college in Massachusetts. In relation to his experiences, he works as a Senior Scientist at the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where he co-authored Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which was published in March 2008. He is currently Vice President (2012) and President Elect (2013) of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation and the board of C-1 World Dialogue and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations.