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IPT Exposé Shows Georgetown Prof John Esposito Shilling for Radical Islam
John Esposito has enjoyed substantial respect in his role as a Georgetown University professor of Religion and International Affairs, specializing in Islamic studies, as well as the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
But whether he deserves that respect is put in serious doubt when assessing his cozy ties with radical Islamists and his repeated defense of their ideology — a relationship that is detailed in a newly issued report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
The report acknowledges Esposito’s impressive pedigree as an award-winning professor, an author of more than 30 books, a consultant for the Gallup polling organization and an expert on Islam frequently called upon to brief government agencies including the State Department, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security and various branches of the military.
But it determines that his “outspoken defense of radical Islam calls his reliability as an objective academic and impartial educator into question.“
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