About the Author
Leonard Swidler has been Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in the Religion Department at Temple University since 1966. He and his wife Arlene Anderson Swidler founded the Journal of Ecumenical Studies of which professor Swidler is still editor. In 1978, he founded and is President of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue and he is co-founder of the International Scholars Annual Trialogue (ISAT). He is the author or editor of over 70 books and 180 articles. Reuven Firestone is professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. In 1992 he was awarded the Yad Hanadiv Research Fellowship at the Hebrew University, where he spent the year conducting research on holy war in Islamic tradition. In 2000, he was awarded a fellowship for independent research from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his research on holy war in Judaism. He has authored five books and more than 60 articles on Judaism, Islam, and scriptural interpretation and is a member of the International Scholars Annual Trialogue. Khalid Duran has taught at the Free University of Berlin (where he earned his Ph.D.), Hamburg University, University of Oslo, Islamabad University, the Catholic University of America, University of California-Irvine, American University, United Nations University, and Temple University. He is the author of seven books on Islam, including most recently Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Islam for Jews, and Osama bin Laden und der internationale Terroismus. He, too, has been a member of the International Scholars Annual Trialogue.