About 6 years ago, I was taking an undergraduate class on the history of the Modern Middle East taught by Professor Nerina Rustomji of St. John's University. The class opened my eyes to the complexity of the region. She challenged us to look differently at the historic and ongoing conflicts in the area and America's intricate relationships with Middle Eastern countries before September 11th. It was a deeply fascinating course and broadened my own research interest in this field as well.
Today, Nerina Rustomji, an expert in Islamic eschatology, is a Wertheim Scholar at NYPL. She will be delivering a free presentation on her research entitled, "The Virgins of Islamic Paradise: Read More ›