ACMCU Founding Director and University Professor John L. Esposito received the 2017 Fearless Ally Award from the El-Hibri Foundation in October. Other El-Hibri Peace Award recipients included Imam Mohamed Magid and Kameelah Rashad. You can read more about the recipients and their contribution to fostering inclusion, understanding, and collaboration in their community on the El-Hibri Foundation Peace Award Program webpage. Click below to watch the award ceremony and speech.
John L. Esposito has been named the 2017 Fearless Ally Award Recipient for his close collaboration with national Muslim leaders to advance inclusion and understanding of American Muslims for over four decades. He is the Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, established in 1993 to enhance the understanding of Muslims in the West in order to build stronger bridges between Islam and Christianity.
Dr. Esposito also serves as the Director of The Bridge Initiative, a multi-year research project aiming to connect the academic study of Islamophobia with the public square. The Bridge Initiative brings together celebrated faculty, subject-matter experts, and seasoned researchers to examine attitudes and behaviors towards Muslims; dissect public discourses on Islam; and raise public awareness of Islamophobia.
Dr. Esposito formerly served as president of the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies. He has received honorary doctorates from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, University of Sarajevo, University of Florida, and Immaculata University. He has also received Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Outstanding Teacher Award and Georgetown’s Career Research Achievement Award. Dr. Esposito has written more than 45 books, including The Future of Islam, Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, and Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.