"What Do A Billion Muslims Really Think?: The Making of and the Findings from the 2008 Gallup Poll"

Sponsored by Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies


Wednesday, May 13, 2009
7:30 pm –
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Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

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- John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University

- Michael Wolfe, Co-Producer and President of Unity Productions Foundation

The documentary entitled "Inside Islam" will make its academic premiere at Stanford University on Wednesday, May 13th 2009. The event entitled “What do a Billion Muslims Really Think?: The Making of and the Findings from the Gallup Poll” begins at 7:30 pm in Annenberg Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a talk by John Esposito, the author of "Who Speaks for Islam", and later by a moderated discussion session with Esposito and Michael Wolfe. Sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, the event is free and open to the public.

Both the documentary "Inside Islam" and the book "Who Speaks for Islam" are based on Gallup World Poll's six-year project, involving tens of thousands of interviews conducted in 35 Muslim-majority countries. The event will provide essential insights into the thinking and attitudes of the oft-silenced voices of a large and significant part of the Muslim world, on many critical contemporary issues, such as democracy, human rights, extremism and inter-faith relations.

John Esposito is University Professor and the founding director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He specializes in Islam, political Islam, and international affairs. Esposito served as the president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. He is also a consultant to governments and multinational corporations. Among his publications are "Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think", "Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam" and "Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?."

Michael Wolfe is the co-founder and the president of Unity Productions Foundation. In addition to "Inside Islam", he is the co-producer of "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet", "Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain", and "Prince Among Slaves". Wolfe edited the Wilbur-award-winning book "Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim their Faith", and his television work has been nominated for Peabody and Emmy awards. He is also the author of "The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca" and "One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage."

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Burcak Keskin-Kozat, Associate Director

The Abbasi Program of Islamic Studies

Stanford University, Encina Hall West, Room 211

Stanford, California 94305-6045

Phone: (650) 736 8169

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