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 lectures to the University of Tokyo's Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Foley presented "When Dissonance Becomes Unexpected Harmony: How Artists Are Re-Imagining Saudi Arabia's Culture and Society" to the University of Tokyo's Centre of Middle East Studies in Tokyo, Japan on May 16, 2016. The presentation discussed the rise of Saudi Arabia's contemporary arts movement and its impact on the Kingdom's politics and society.

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Dr. Foley delivered a paper, "How Big Tobacco Used Islam and Modernity to Conquer Saudi Arabia" to a conference at Maltepe University (Istanbul, Turkey). The conference, entitled "American Foreign Policy in the Middle East," featured scholars from America, Turkey, and the Arab World. His paper hightlited the political, religious...

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