Source Newsroom: University of Kentucky
WHO: Professors and students from University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences and Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.
WHAT: are available to comment on the reported death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
MORE: Suleiman Darrat, a former UK professor of Islamic studies and a native of Libya, has pursued an informal education in Arabic and Islamic studies for over 30 years as student, educator, administrator and activist. Darrat has reconnected with family and friends in Libya over the past few years and has been in constant communication with those in the area.
History professor Paul Chamberlin, an expert in Middle East history and foreign relations, is currently working on an international history of the Palestinian liberation struggle. His next book will look at the end of the Cold War in the Middle East and the emergence of a post-Cold War regional order in the decade between 1972 and 1982.
Professors from University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, including Patterson School Director and former U.S. Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, are able to discuss the protests throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa as a whole, while also discussing the social, political and religious framework and U.S. diplomatic efforts in both regions.
Islamic Studies professor Ihsan Bagby has focused on Muslims in America through his research over the last 10 years. In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait." Bagby, who specializes in Islamic Law, is currently updating the mosque study.