The Bab Bou Jeloud in Fez, Morocco
The Citadel of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria
The Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
The skyline of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bab Al Bahrain in Manama, Bahrain
The Great Wall of China
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
St. John's College, Cambridge, UK
Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sean Foley

Dr. Foley specializes in the contemporary history and politics of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. He frequently visits Asia and the Middle East, follows events in both regions closely, and speaks Arabic and Bahasa Malaysian. He has published widely and has delivered public presentations to audiences around the world.  He has also held Fulbright fellowships in Syria, Turkey, and Malaysia. From April 2013 until January 2014, he lived and traveled extensively in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Foley writes report for Culturunners on Saudi artist Ahmed Mater's first U.S. solo show at the Smithsonian

Dr. Foley wrote a dispatch for Culturunners on the opening of "Symbolic Cities" a solo show at the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler gallery by Ahmed Mater, one of Saudi Arabia's and the Middle East's leading artists.

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Sociology of Islam published Dr. Foley's article on Saudi-Chinese ties in the twenty-first century: "Seek Knowledge Even if it Takes You To China (Via Washington): Saudi Arabia and China in the Twenty-First Century."

Drawing on multiple trips to China between 2011 and 2015 and ten months living in Saudi Arabia, this article argues that there are factors other than economics that define China's...

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