Sean Foley is an Associate Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University (USA). He specializes in the Middle East and religious and political trends in the broader Islamic world. Previously, he taught at Georgetown University, where he earned an M.A. in Arab Studies in 2000 and a Ph.D. in History in 2005. He graduated with a B.A. in History with honors and distinction from UC Berkeley in 1996. From 2010 to 2011, Foley was a Fulbright research scholar at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia, where he studied modern religious linkages between the Arab World and Southeast Asia. In 2002 and 2003, he held Fulbright fellowships at Damascus University (Syria) and Istanbul University (Turkey).