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Juan Cole

Juan R.I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic...

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No, GOP, Biblical Marriage Was Not Between One Man and One Woman

The freakout by the Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provokes me to revise and reprise the following points.

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How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

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Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

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If Southerners Want a Symbol, Why Not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?

It was flown by South Carolinians in the fight against the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War and was the first American flag to fly over the South. Best of all, the Moultrie Flag has the word “Liberty” written into the crescent moon, underscoring this key American value, so important for all peoples living in the South.

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What South Carolina Needs to Do for Racial Equality (Taking Down the Flag Is Just Symbolic)

The step to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse is a welcome one, but it is only a symbolic measure. South Carolina’s 4.8 million residents can only achieve greater racial harmony and civil rights through practical steps.

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Top 5 Reasons the Confederate Flag Should Stop Flying at the South Carolina Statehouse

The Confederate flag in its current form was adopted by the seceding slave states to differentiate their banner from the Stars and Stripes on the battlefield. It isn’t a symbol of regionalism.

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How Lindsey Graham and the GOP Lost the Chance to be Presidential Over Charleston

Since the core of the Republican Party is now white southerners, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s response to the Charleston attack tells us something key about the state of that party.

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Juan Cole
Juan Cole
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Juan R.I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia and has given numerous media interviews on the war on terrorism and the Iraq War. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years and continues to travel widely there. He speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu.

His most recent book is “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East” (2014) and his books “Engaging the Muslim World”,  “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” were published in 2009 and 2007.

Cole was the recipient of the Hudson Research Professorship in 2003, the Award for Research in Turkey in 1999, and the Fulbright-Hays Islamic Civilization Postdoctoral Award in 1985-86. In November 2004, he was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and in 2006 was the recipient of Hunter College’s James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. At the University of Michigan, Cole served as director for the center of South Asian studies from 2009- 2012, and served as director for the center for Middle Eastern and North African studies from 2012-2013.

Cole holds a B.A. in history and literature of religions from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Arabic studies/history from American University in Cairo. In 1984 he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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