By birth a Roman Catholic, but has left the Church and does not profess to be of any particular denomination, calling herself a "freelance monotheist." She was cloistered for seven years in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, which may explain part of the reason she de-Catholicized.
 Order of St. Ignatius, 1962.
University: St Anne's College, Oxford University
Author of books:
Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery (1981, memoir)
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet (1992, biography)
A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (1994, religion)
A History of Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (1996, history)
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis (1996, religion)
The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism (2001, religion)
Islam: A Short History (2002, religion)
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (2004, memoir)
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions (2006, religion)
The Bible: A Biography (2007, religion)
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (2014, religion)
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