February 16, 2006

HARRISONBURG—The Nelson for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University will host a visit to JMU by Dr. Andrew G. Bostom of Brown University, editor of The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, on Wednesday, February 22, 2006.

Dr. Bostom will lead a roundtable discussion for JMU faculty as well as deliver a public lecture at 7:00 p.m. in ISAT/HHS 2301 on “The Legacy of Jihad in Historical Palestine.” The lecture is free and open to the public and qualifies as a JMU Wellness Passport event.

Dr. Bostom’s 750-page book, The Legacy of Jihad, has been widely praised in leading periodicals around the globe since its publication late last year. The Italian newsweekly L’Espresso noted that it “lifts the veil on a crucial aspect of Islam, one which too many understand poorly and know too little about,” while the Jerusalem Post hailed it as “one of those books with a long shelf-life, because whatever further investigation and interpretation is done, it will stand alone as the impressive accomplishment.” Reviewing the work for National Review, Nelson Institute director Dr. J. Peter Pham wrote that “Bostom provides an unparalleled documentary history…Scholars as well as general readers owe a debt of gratitude to Bostom for making available a number of very important texts.”

Support for Dr. Bostom’s visit was provided in part by a JMU College of Arts and Letters Enhancement Initiative grant.

Read Dr. Pham's review here