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Professor John L. Esposito, Ph.D.

Professor John L. Esposito
  • Georgetown University
  • Temple University
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Once I began to study Islam, I discovered a religious tradition with close affinities to Judaism and Christianity, with a rich religious, historical, and civilizational legacy that I had never been told about before.
Dr. John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, and Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He earned his B.A. at St. Anthony College, his M.A. at St. John's University, and his Ph.D. at Temple University. Professor Esposito is Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. A specialist in Islam, political Islam, and the impact of Islamic movements from North Africa to Southeast Asia, Dr. Esposito serves as a consultant to the Department of State as well as multinational corporations, governments, universities, and the media worldwide. In 2005, Professor Esposito won the American Academy of Religion's prestigious Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. This award honors a scholar who has been exemplary in promoting the public understanding of religion. A prolific writer, Professor Esposito is the author of over 25 books, including What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, and Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, and The Oxford Dictionary of Islam.
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"Professor Esposito is a beacon of tolerance, enlightenment, and intelligence in a complicated world. His lectures contain a logical and balanced mixture of religion, history, and current affairs."

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24 Courses and Sets

  1. Great World Religions: Islam

    Great World Religions: Islam

    John L. Esposito
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    How familiar are you with the world's second-largest and fastest-growing religion? Many people in the West know little about Islam and are familiar only with the actions of a minority of radical extremists. Great World Religions: Islam helps you better understand Islam as both a religion and a way of life. In these illuminating lectures, expert Islamic scholar and Professor John L. Esposito takes you through Islamic...
  2. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  3. (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Approach religion from a spiritual and philosophical perspective in this two-course set delivered by a team of expert religion scholars. First, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition. Next, explore piercing questions about divine existence with the tools of epistemology—the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with...
  4. (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    Explore the breathtaking varieties of the religious experience in these two illuminating courses. Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World takes you back to ancient history and reveals how various civilizations coped with the mysteries of life in their own unique ways. Then, penetrate the rich spiritual heart of the world's five great faiths—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism—in...
  5. (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses Set

    (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,299.45 Starting at $1,299.45 $2,649.45 $1,299.45$2,649.45
    This in-depth course set takes you deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world and illuminates your understanding of five major faiths. Introduction to the Study of Religion provides a vibrant first look at the discipline known as religious studies, while Great World Religions, 2nd Edition investigates the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Judaism, Christianity,...
  6. (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    In History of Ancient Egypt, award-winning Professor Bob Brier guides you through the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Then, venture into the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in the 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  7. (Set)  Great World Religions & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Great World Religions & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  8. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Gain a deep understanding of the world’s spiritual beliefs with this fascinating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, delve into the written works that convey the values that each faith’s adherents live by, and, at times, have been willing to die for. Then, in Great World Religions, get an in-depth examination of the five major faiths of the world.
  9. (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism Set

    (Set) Great World Religions: Buddhism/Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  10. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Illuminate your understanding of four spiritual teachers and five major world faiths with this comprehensive two-course set. First, discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  11. (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.65 Starting at $709.65 $1,509.65 $709.65$1,509.65
    Travel deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world with this three-course introduction to the profound nature of faith. First, explore the nature of faith with Comparative Religion, an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism in Great...
  12. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  13. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  14. (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Master the beliefs, practices, and importance of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Comparative Religion is your chance to grasp how these five great religions address the same core issues in parallel and different ways. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, is an encyclopedic examination of the vibrant heart of each of these five faiths.
  15. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  16. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions in this intriguing two-course set. In Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. And in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, explore the teachings, culture, and influence on civilization of the world's five...
  17. (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  18. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Discover a wealth of fascinating information about human societies and their belief systems. Peoples and Cultures of the World shows you how cultural anthropology helps us understand the world's diverse societies. Then, explore the intricate belief systems of some of these societies in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which takes you inside the heart of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
  19. (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    How has religious experience changed and diversified throughout history? Discover the fascinating answer to this question in Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions—which shows you the historical conditions in which the world's faiths arose—and in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which explores the history and growth of the world's five major faiths.
  20. (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Explore the history and nature of faith as it's practiced around the world. The 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition give you an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. New Testament draws on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of the New Testament and the early...
  21. (Set)  Cultural Literacy for Religion & GWR: Islam Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion & GWR: Islam

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  22. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Embark on a grand journey through the nature of religious experience as it is lived and felt around the world with this two-course set. Start with a detailed look at the mystical aspects of the three Abrahamic faiths with Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Then, in the 60 lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, get an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism...
  23. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  24. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition Set

    Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.75 Starting at $449.75 $999.75 $449.75$999.75
    Join five top college professors in this all-new version of Great World Religions, an authoritative, informative, and up-to-date survey of the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. How are these religions alike? How are they dissimilar? What issues are most meaningful to each religion's adherents? This 60-lecture tour does more than just enhance...