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Geneive Abdo

Foreign Policy Analyst, The Century Foundation

Geneive Abdo is a foreign policy analyst at The Century Foundation, a Washington and New York-based think tank. Her current research focuses on contemporary Iran and political Islam.

She was formerly the Liaison Officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN initiative under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Abdo was a foreign correspondent. Her 20-year career focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world.

From 1998 to 2001, she was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian.

Ms. Abdo's recent book publications include, Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11 (Oxford University Press, 2006) and No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Additionally, she is the co-author of Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran (Henry Holt, 2003).

Ms. Abdo is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim award.

Her commentaries and essays on Islam have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, The New Republic, The Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, and Middle East Report.

She has been a commentator on NOW with Bill Moyers, National Public Radio, the BBC, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, the Oprah Winfrey show, and other radio and television services.

Articles by Geneive Abdo

Queen Rania’s Western Ideal

Does Jordan really uphold the values it preaches?

June 17, 2008

Lipstick Journalism and the East-West Divide

How accurate are the mainstream media's portrayals of Muslim women?

June 16, 2008

The Future of the Faith

Who will represent the voice of moderate Islam in the 21st century?

June 13, 2008