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Juan Cole

Juan ColeAKA John Ricardo I. Cole

Born: 1952
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM

Gender: Male
Religion: Bahai
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian, Blogger

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sacred Space and Holy War

Professor of Mideastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. Appears as a talking head occaionally on various news and interview programs, and publishes the widely-read political blog Informed Comment.

Wife: Shahin Malik Cole (m. 1982 in Lahore)
Son: Arman (b. 1987)

    University: BA History and Literature of Religions, Northwestern University (1975)
    University: MA Arabic Studies and History, American University in Cairo (1978)
    University: PhD Islamic Studies, UCLA (1984)
    Professor: History, University of Michigan (1984-)

    Fulbright 1982
    Converted to Baha'ism (1972-96)

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Author of books:
Roots of North Indian Shi'ism in Iran and Iraq: Religion and State in Awadh, 1722-1859 (1991, history)
Modernity and the Millennium: The Genesis of the Baha'i Faith in the Nineteenth-Century Middle East (1998, history)
Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt's 'Urabi Movement (1999, history)
Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture, and History of Shi'ite Islam (2002, history)

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