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Geneive Abdo

Nonresident Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy

Geneive Abdo is a nonresident fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on modern Iran and political Islam. She also co-chairs a program on Iran in conjunction with the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.

Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan that aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies. She joined the United Nations after a 20-year career as a foreign correspondent focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998 to 2001, she was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist and The International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune). She was the first American journalist to be based in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Abdo is the author of "No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam" (Oxford University Press, 2000), in which she documents the social and political transformation of Egypt into an Islamic society. "No God But God" is the first to detail the leading figures and events responsible for giving moderate Islamists in Egypt enormous social and political power. Abdo is the co-author of "Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran" (Henry Holt, 2003), which explains the theological struggle in Iran among the Shiite clerics and how this struggle has caused political stagnation. Her latest book on "Muslims in America, Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11," was published in September 2006 by Oxford University Press. This book explains the changing identity among American Muslims as they struggle to keep true to their faith while deciding to what degree they will integrate into American society.

From 2001 to 2002, Abdo was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. That year, she also received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Award.

Abdo’s commentaries and essays on Islam have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and Middle East Report. She has been a commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Al Jazeera, PBS, and other radio and television services. She regularly speaks at universities, think tanks, and other institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Geneive Abdo is a nonresident fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on modern Iran and political Islam. She also co-chairs a program on Iran in conjunction with the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.

Abdo was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan that aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies. She joined the United Nations after a 20-year career as a foreign correspondent focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998 to 2001, she was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper The Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist and The International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune). She was the first American journalist to be based in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Abdo is the author of “No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam” (Oxford University Press, 2000), in which she documents the social and political transformation of Egypt into an Islamic society. “No God But God” is the first to detail the leading figures and events responsible for giving moderate Islamists in Egypt enormous social and political power. Abdo is the co-author of “Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran” (Henry Holt, 2003), which explains the theological struggle in Iran among the Shiite clerics and how this struggle has caused political stagnation. Her latest book on “Muslims in America, Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11,” was published in September 2006 by Oxford University Press. This book explains the changing identity among American Muslims as they struggle to keep true to their faith while deciding to what degree they will integrate into American society.

From 2001 to 2002, Abdo was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. That year, she also received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Award.

Abdo’s commentaries and essays on Islam have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and Middle East Report. She has been a commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Al Jazeera, PBS, and other radio and television services. She regularly speaks at universities, think tanks, and other institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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