Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has appeared widely on television, radio, and on op-ed pages as a commentator on Middle East affairs, and has a regular column at Salon.com. He has written, edited, or translated 15 books, and authored 65 journal articles and chapters. He is the proprietor of the Informed Comment weblog on current affairs.