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Foley, Sean

Associate Professor, History
Middle Tennessee State University


Dr. Sean Foley is an Associate Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University (USA). He specializes in the Middle East and religious and political trends in the broader Islamic world. Previously, he taught at Georgetown University, where he earned an M.A. in Arab Studies in 2000 and a Ph.D. in History in 2005. From 2010 to 2011, Foley was a Fulbright research scholar at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia, where he studied modern religious linkages between the Arab World and Southeast Asia. In 2002 and 2003, he held Fulbright fellowships at Damascus University (Syria) and Istanbul University (Turkey). Foley speaks Arabic and Bahasa Malaysian and has delivered papers to international conferences and to universities in China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia. Foley has also contributed commentary on politics and Islamic affairs to The Atlantic (USA), The Daily Zaman (Turkey), al-Jazeera.net, al-Jazeera English Television, The New Straits Times (Malaysia), The Tennessean (USA), and Voice of America Television. He has published widely on Islamic history, Sufism, Middle East and Persian Gulf politics, Southeast Asian history, and Muslims in American and European history. His first book, The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam, was published by Lynne Rienner Press in March 2010.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Gulf Studies   
Islamic Studies   
Ottoman Studies   
Mysticism/Sufi Studies   
World History   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Gulf   
Syria   
SPECIALTIES
Islamic Social & Pol Mvmts   
Naqshbandiyya   
Persian Gulf Pol   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
German (Intermediate)   
Spanish (Elementary)   
EDUCATION
PhD2005HistGeorgetown U
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Sean Foley






Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
262 Peck Hall, PO Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN
37132
United States