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 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference on Islam and Modernization in Saudi Arabia

On November 18, 2016 Dr. Foley spoke on the intersection of smoking, Islam, modernization, and politics in modern Saudi Arabia to the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in Boston, MA. The paper was part of a panel, co-organized with Dr. Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, entitled "Widening the Net."

Dr. Foley lectures on Culture and Sino-Saudi relations to an international conference in Shanghai, China

Dr. Foley delivered a paper, "When Oil is Not Enough: Sino-Saudi Ties and Vision 2030" to a conference at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. The conference, entitled The 5th International Forum on Asia and the Middle East, featured scholars from America, China, and around the world.

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Dr. Foley lectured on the Western tobacco industry and Oman to the 8th Conference on Ibadi Studies at the University of Tokyo, Center for Middle East Studies, Sultan Qaboos Chair in Middle East Studies. In his talk, Dr. Foley focused on the role of Western tobacco industry in Oman's modernization program after 1970 and the...

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