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jacksonSherman Jackson is an internationally renowned expert on both historic and contemporary Islam, and serves as King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC.

His research interests are in classical Islamic Studies, including law, theology and intellectual history, and extend to placing this legacy in conversation with the realities of modern Islam in the West, most especially Muslim communities in America, which implicates race, immigration, liberalism, democracy, religion in the modern world, pluralism, constitutionalism, Muslim radicalism and related areas of inquiry in conversation with the classical and post-classical legacies of Islam. Dr. Jackson is the author of six books – most recently Initiative to Stop the Violence: Sadat’s Assassins and the Renunciation of Political Violence —

and over 50 articles and book chapters He is currently in the early stages of a major book, tentatively entitled Beyond Good and Evil: Shari’ah and the Challenge of the Islamic Secular.

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