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Riz Khan
Challenging US views on Islam
Riz speaks with Juan Cole, who explores the US's anxiety about Islam in his latest book.
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2009 07:31 GMT

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On Tuesday, Riz speaks with Juan Cole, one of the US's top Middle East analysts.

Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan and has been trying to dispel misconceptions about much of the Muslim world.

He also writes one of the most influential Middle East-related blogs in the US, Informed Comment

In his latest book, Engaging the Muslim World, Cole explores the US's anxiety about Islam, and Muslim anxiety about the US.

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He argues that the Muslim world is not monolithic, that Saudi Arabia is much more complicated than what the "corporate US media" suggests.

He also says that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable since it has no mission, and that there is much room for improvement in US-Iran relations.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

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