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John Kelsay

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Kelsay is an expert in the area of Muslim political and religious thought, including the law of war.

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Phone: (850) 645-8828

Middle East

My work in comparative religions focuses on the military and political dimensions of Islam and Christianity.


Ten years after 9/11, the death of Osama bin Laden and the events of the Arab Spring raise important questions about the future of al-Qaida and its program of armed resistance. While the situation is uncertain, and the group is liable to take on new forms, I think it will remain a force for the foreseeable future.