Juan Cole

Juan Cole
Juan Cole

Cole giving a lecture at the University of Minnesota
Born October 1952
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Occupation Historian

John Ricardo I. "Juan" Cole (born October 1952) is an American scholar, public intellectual, and historian of the modern Middle East and South Asia.[1][2][3] He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. As a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, he has appeared in print and on television, and testified before the United States Senate. He has published several peer-reviewed books on the modern Middle East and is a translator of both Arabic and Persian. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment.


Background and education

Cole was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father served in the United States Army Signal Corps and afterwards in the Satellite Corps and, when Cole was age two, his family left New Mexico for France. His father completed two tours with the U.S. military in France (a total of seven years) and one 18-month stay at Kagnew Station in Asmara, Eritrea (then Ethiopia). (Cole reports that he first became interested in Islam in Eritrea, which has a population roughly half Christian and half Muslim.) Cole was schooled at a variety of locations, twelve schools in twelve years, at a series of dependent schools on military bases but also sometimes in civilian schools. Some schooling occurred in the United States, particularly in North Carolina and California.[4]

Cole obtained his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 1975, having majored in History and Literature of Religions. For two quarters in his senior year he conducted a research project in Beirut and returned to the city as a graduate student in the fall of 1975, but the civil war prevented Cole from continuing his studies there. Therefore he pursued a Masters degree at the American University in Cairo in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, graduating in 1978. Cole then returned to Beirut for another year and worked as a translator for a newspaper.[4] In 1979 Cole enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as a doctoral student in the field of Islamic Studies, graduating in 1984. After graduation, Cole was appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan where he became a full professor in 1995.[5]

Cole became a member of the Bahá'í Faith in 1972 as an undergraduate at Northwestern, and the religion later became a focus of his academic research. He resigned from the faith in 1996 after disputes with Bahá'í leadership concerning the Bahá'í system of administration.

Cole married the former Shahin Malik in Lahore in 1982. The couple has a son, Arman, born in 1987.[6]

Appointments and awards

Cole was awarded Fulbright-Hays fellowships to India (1982) and to Egypt (1985–1986). From 1999 until 2004, Juan Cole was the editor of The International Journal of Middle East Studies. He has served in professional offices for the American Institute of Iranian Studies.[6] He was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in November 2004.[7] In 2006, he received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism administered by Hunter College.[8]

  • 1975: B.A. History and Literature of Religions, Northwestern University
  • 1978: M.A. Arabic Studies/History, American University in Cairo
  • 1984: Ph.D. Islamic Studies, University of California Los Angeles
  • 1984–1990: Assistant Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1990–1995: Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • 1992–1995: Director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
  • 1995–present: Professor of History, University of Michigan

Yale appointment

In 2006 Cole was nominated to teach at Yale University and was approved by both Yale's sociology and history departments. However, the senior appointments committee overruled the departments, and Cole was not appointed.

According to "several Yale faculty members," the decision to overrule Cole's approval was "highly unusual."[9] Yale Deputy Provost Charles Long stated that "Tenure appointments at Yale are very complicated and they go through several stages, and [the candidates] can fail to pass at any of the stages. Every year, at least one and often more fail at one of these levels, and that happened in this case."[10] The history department vote was 13 yes, 7 no, with 3 abstentions.[11] Professors interviewed by the Yale Daily News said "the faculty appeared sharply divided."[10]

Yale historian Paula Hyman commented that the deep divisions in the appointment committee were the primary reasons that Cole was rejected: "There was also concern, aside from the process, about the nature of his blog and what it would be like to have a very divisive colleague."[10] Yale political science professor Steven B. Smith commented, "It would be very comforting for Cole's supporters to think that this got steamrolled because of his controversial blog opinions. The blog opened people's eyes as to what was going on."[12] Another Yale historian, John M. Merriman, said of Cole's rejection: "In this case, academic integrity clearly has been trumped by politics."[13]

In an interview on Democracy Now!, Cole noted that he had not applied for the Yale job: "Some people at Yale asked if they could look at me for a senior appointment. I said, 'Look all you want.' So that's up to them. Senior professors are like baseball players. You’re being looked at by other teams all the time. If it doesn't result in an offer, then nobody takes it seriously." He described the so-called "scandal" surrounding his nomination as "a tempest in a teapot" that had been exaggerated by "neo-con journalists": "Who knows what their hiring process is like, what things they were looking for?"[14]

Academic interests

Having converted to the Bahá'í Faith in 1972, Cole began his academic life in the field of Bahá'í Studies, in which he became quite influential. Life as a Bahá'í encouraged Cole to study the languages, cultures, and history of the Middle East (where the religion originated), and also to "pioneer" on behalf of his faith in several countries with large Muslim populations. These included Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and India.[15] Cole now speaks Arabic (Modern Standard as well as Lebanese and Egyptian dialects), Persian, and Urdu, and is familiar with Turkish.[6]

Some of Cole's interests have their origins in his Bahá'í background. For example, his interest in Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i is explainable in terms of Shaykhi influence on the nascent Babí and Bahá'í faiths. All of these movements arose in the context of Shi'a Islam, and like many Bahá'í scholars, Cole made Shi'ism another academic specialty, ultimately writing several monographs on the subject (including historical and political as well as religious dimensions). Native Shi'a communities stretch in an arc from Saudi Arabia to India, and Cole has written on various countries in this arc as well as on Islam in general, the secular history and politics of the region, and comparative studies.

As a result of conflict with the Bahá'í leadership, Cole resigned his membership in the religion in 1996. He later announced that he had recovered his private faith, but remains "out of communion" with the Bahá'í hierarchy.[16] Cole continued to publish on the Bahá'í religion for several years after his resignation; however, with the decade of the 2000s he seems to have moved on to other subjects. Since 9-11 his writings have become more expressly political.

Bahá'í studies

Early in his career Cole established contacts with a number of like-minded Bahá'í scholars, whose discussions took on a life of their own with the rise of the internet. For example, Cole created H-Bahai, a (now inactive, though still extant) website making available a wealth of difficult-to-obtain primary sources on the religion.[17]

Many of Cole's early writings on the Bahá'í Faith were for Bahá'í presses, or else for an online journal which he co-edited (Occasional Papers in the Shaykhi, Babi, and Baha'i Religions, associated with H-Bahai). Some of these were translations, including several "unofficial" scriptural translations, and two volumes by/about early Bahá'í theologian Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl.[18] He has maintained much of this material, as well as other documents and links, online.[19]

Khalil Gibran translations

Khalil Gibran is a well-known Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and artist who wrote in Arabic as well as English. Cole has translated three volumes of his Arabic-language literary writings.

Cole has mentioned being contacted by a lawyer representing Gibran's heirs, who asserted the family's claim to copyright, for the works published 1905 - 1915.[20]

Commentator on Middle Eastern affairs

Cole has been cited in the press as a Middle East expert several times since 1990.[21] However, he was not widely known outside his field prior to 2002, when he began publishing his weblog.[22] From 2002 onwards, Cole has been an active commentator in the UK and US media on topics related to the Middle East and has become a widely recognized public intellectual. Foreign Policy commented in 2004, "Cole's transformation into a public intellectual embodies many of the dynamics that have heightened the impact of the blogosphere. He wanted to publicize his expertise, and he did so by attracting attention from elite members of the blogosphere. As Cole made waves within the virtual world, others in the real world began to take notice."[23]

His focus has primarily been Iraq, Iran, The Palestinian Authority, and Israel. He has published op-eds on the Mideast at the Washington Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Guardian, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Review, The Nation, the Daily Star, Tikkun magazine as well as at Salon.com, where he is a frequent contributor.[24] He has appeared on the PBS Lehrer News Hour, Nightline, ABC Evening News, the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360°, Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, Al Jazeera and CNN Headline News.[25]

Informed Comment blog

Since 2002, Cole has published the blog Informed Comment, covering "History, Middle East, South Asia, Religious Studies, and the War on Terror". Blog entries include comments on widely-reported articles in Western media, summaries of important articles from Arabic and Israeli news sources, and letters and discussions with both critics and supporters.

The blog has won various awards; as of April 2006 the most prominent is the 2005 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College.[26] It has also received two 2004 Koufax Awards: the "Best Expert Blog" and the "Best Blog Post".[27] It has since dropped off the list, but Informed Comment has been ranked as the 99th most popular blog on the Internet by Technorati on October 21, 2006.[28] Cole was a strong critic of the George W. Bush administration and is one of the most respected foreign policy commentators amongst left-wing bloggers.[29]

The July 28, 2006 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story on Cole's blog and its role in his career. Following essays by several academic bloggers, Cole was given a chance to respond to the question of whether academics should risk career advancement by blogging. His reply, in part, was:

The question is whether Web-log commentary helps or damages an academic's career. It is a shameful question. Intellectuals should not be worrying about "careers," the tenured among us least of all. Despite the First Amendment, which only really protects one from the government, most Americans who speak out can face sanctions from other institutions in society. Journalists are fired all the time for taking the wrong political stance. That is why most bloggers employed in the private sector are anonymous or started out trying to be so.[30]

In that same article, he was referred to as a public intellectual by associate professor of culture and communication at New York University Siva Vaidhyanathan.[1]

Other activities

In 2004, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations requested Cole's testimony at hearings to better understand the situation in Iraq.[31]

Cole is president and treasurer of the Global Americana Institute, a group of academics specializing in the Middle East who are working to translate the seminal works of American democracy into various Middle Eastern languages. The group's web site states that the "project will begin with a selected set of passages and essays by Thomas Jefferson on constitutional and governmental issues such as freedom of religion, the separation of powers, inalienable rights, the sovereignty of the people, and so forth."[32]

Cole is an avid science fiction fan and has a strong personal interest in human rights issues.[33]


Generally speaking, Cole approaches the Middle East and West Asia from the point of view of anti-colonialism. Viewing the USA as a colonialist power, he sees it as defending the post-World War I "Sykes-Picot/Balfour architecture" (described as "a colossal failure") against Arab nationalist or pan-Islamic challengers. These foundered for various reasons, especially "particularism." The U.S., like previous empires, seeks to take advantage of such internal rivalries in order to "divide and rule."[34] Terrorism, he explains (after comparing several countries in the region), is the result of foreign occupation in combination with weak states.[34]

Cole's perspective is also informed by his Bahá'í background which favors internationalism, ethnic diversity, and modernism — values which he traces to various 19th-century Middle Eastern historical developments (the subject of his Modernity and the Millennium.) One important consequence is that he tends to value multinational (and especially UN) initiatives over unilateral military ones.[35] Another is that he favors multi-ethnic states over separatist movements. A third is that he views Islam (along with other religions) as essentially good, but distorted by certain of its political appropriators (and critics).[36]


Cole's perspective on Iran is informed by his Bahá'í background. The Bahá'í Faith first arose in Persia whose government caused the exile of the religion's Prophet-Founder, Baha'u'llah, as well as family members and disciples to a prison in Akka (or Akko, Acre) in the Ottoman empire (located today in Israel), has many of its scriptures in Persian, and represents the largest religious minority in Iran.[37] Cole's writings accordingly celebrate Persia as a source of culture. At the same time, Cole has met Bahá'ís who were later executed by the Khomeini regime.[38]

Cole supported the reformist president Mohammad Khatami and rued his succession by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He reports that in 2003, Iran (addressing the Bush administration through the Swiss embassy) proposed a comprehensive peace agreement, which Bush refused even to discuss.[39]

Cole wrote numerous posts warning that the Bush administration was attempting to create a war with Iran. He suggested that sabre-rattling offered a way for two unpopular regimes to attract nationalistic support.[40] He has also speculated that the Bush administration's objective in Iran was to control future supplies of oil and natural gas, while denying them to energy-hungry China and India.[41]

On the nuclear issue, he writes that "Iran is a good ten years away from having a bomb," and points out that Ali Khamenei and other leaders have condemned nuclear weapons as un-Islamic.[40] Cole also dismisses the Bush administration's allegation that Iran has supported terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan. Rather, the U.S. has lent support to anti-Iranian terrorist groups such as PEJAK.[42]

Cole chastised several U.S. presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, and Mitt Romney, for making bellicose statements about Iran in order to present themselves in a tougher or more conservative light.[43]

Cole is also a vocal critic of President Ahmadinejad. He has written that "I profoundly disagree with his characterization of Israel, which is a legitimate United Nations member state". He also considers Ahmadinejad's holocaust denial to be "monstrous".[44]

Ahmadinejad's remarks on Israel

Cole and Christopher Hitchens have traded barbs regarding the translation and meaning of a passage referring to Israel in a speech by Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fathi Nazila of the New York Times's Tehran bureau translated the passage as "Our dear Imam [Khomeini] said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map."[45]

In an article published at the Slate Magazine website, Hitchens accused Cole of attempting to minimize and distort the meaning of the speech, which Hitchens understood to be a repetition of "the standard line" that "the state of Israel is illegitimate and must be obliterated." Hitchens also denigrated Cole's competence in both Persian and "plain English" and described him as a Muslim apologist.[46]

Cole responded that while he personally despised "everything Ahmadinejad stands for, not to mention the odious Khomeini,"[47] he nonetheless objected to the New York Times translation."[47] Cole wrote that it inaccurately suggested Ahmadinejad was advocating an invasion of Israel ("that he wants to play Hitler to Israel's Poland"). He added that a better translation of the phrase would be "the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time," a metaphysical if not poetic reference rather than a militaristic one.[47] He also stated that Hitchens was incompetent to assess a Persian-to-English translation, and accused him of unethically accessing private Cole emails from an on-line discussion group.[47][48][49]


From the beginning of his blog in 2002, Cole has warned of the difficulties a U.S. invasion of Iraq would present, especially in its aftermath. On the day of the U.S. invasion, however, Cole endorsed the war, writing that "for all the concerns one might have about the aftermath, the removal of Saddam Hussein and the murderous Baath regime from power will be worth the sacrifices that are about to be made on all sides."[50] Later he tried to dissociate himself from either pro-war or anti-war stances, stating that he had "mixed feelings" on the issue. (I.e., he opposed Saddam Hussein's regime, but feared disaster.)[51]

Cole now blames the George W. Bush administration for creating what he calls a "failed state" in Iraq. He particularly cites its decision to disband the Iraqi Army, its treatment of prisoners, its alienation of neighboring countries, its corrupt economic policies, and long delays in organizing elections and forming a (weak) government.[52] Bush's decision to invade Iraq, Cole wrote in 2005, resulted from a "coalition of disparate forces" within the Bush administration, "each with its own rationale" for going to war. He identifies: Bush's own "obsession with restoring family honor" slighted by Saddam Hussein's remaining in power after the Gulf War; Dick Cheney's interest in benefits to the oil industry (he cites "billions in no-bid contracts for [Halliburton]" - of which Cheney was CEO in the 1990s - and which "saved Halliburton from bankruptcy"); Cheney's "Manichaean, Cold War-inspired worldview -- in which the U.S. battled an evil enemy"; Evangelical Christians who "wanted to missionize Iraq"; Karl Rove's wanting to "turn Bush into a war president" to ensure re-election; and neo-conservative s who hoped to transform the Middle East and remove what they perceived as a danger to Israel.[53] The Bush administration's focus on purported weapons of mass destruction, he added, was an attempt to find a rationale acceptable to the public.

Cole rejects the Bush administrations early claims of Iraqi cooperation with Al-Qaeda, noting that Saddam Hussein had "persecuted and killed both Sunni and Shiite fundamentalists in great number.";[54] as well as claims to the effect that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction[55] Rather than making America safer, he says, the war has ironically had the opposite effect: inspiring anti-U.S. militants.

Cole, who began to call the Iraqi conflict a "civil war" as early as 2004,[56] now says that it consists of three distinct wars: "for control of Basra among Shiite militiamen; for control of Baghdad and its hinterlands between Sunnis and Shiites; and for control of Kirkuk among Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen."[57]


Cole is a strong critic of Israel's foreign and military policy and its treatment of Palestinians. He criticizes the nature of America's support for Israel and the activities of the "Israel Lobby",[58] and claims that some senior US officials such as Doug Feith have dual loyalties to America and the Israeli Likud Party.[59]

Cole opposes boycotts of Israeli academics because he believes that the academic community in Israel is mostly opposed to the policies of the Likud party.[60]


Cole distinguishes "traditional" al-Qaeda from various 4-6 man cells scattered around the world who may identify with its goal, and use the name, but are not otherwise in contact with it. The former group consists of perhaps 5,000 members ("probably no more than a few hundred of them actually dangerous to the United States") whose activities "should be combatted by good police and counter-terrorism work." According to Cole, the Bush administration's view of "al-Qaeda" conflates various unrelated Muslim groups into a "bogeyman."[61]

As of 2006 there were "less than 1000" foreign (i.e., genuine) al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq,[61] although the Bush administration's actions have caused increasing numbers of Iraqi Sunnis to sympathize or identify with that organization.[62] Such native sympathizers are referred to on his blog as "Salafi jihadis." Cole dismisses as "implausible" the prospect of such groups taking over Iraq.[61]


Cole calls the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan "the right war at the right time," and credits it with breaking up a network of al-Qaeda training camps which posed a danger to the U.S.[63] Cole later criticized Bush for leaving the job half finished in Afghanistan to go off and fight in Iraq.[61]

Cole complains that Iraq has displaced Afghanistan from the public consciousness. "As for money, Iraq has hogged the lion's share," he writes. "What has been spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan is piddling."[64] Talk of furthering democracy and women's rights, or eliminating opium poppy cultivation there, has all but evaporated.("Half of Afghanistan's gross domestic product now comes from poppy sales.")[65] Al-Qaeda now controls some territory in the south of Afghanistan, and is poised to return to power.[66]


Cole lived in Beirut for several years, and was present for part of the 1975-1976 civil war. His overview of 20th century Lebanese history[67] blames the CIA for rigging elections there in 1957, in order to allow president Camille Chamoun a second term. (Chamoun had apparently persuaded President Dwight D. Eisenhower that the Druze leaned towards Communism.) This had the effect of forcing pro-Nasser Arab nationalists outside the political process. Cole additionally blames the influx of 100,000 Palestinian refugees in 1948—and the various later military actions against them by Syria and Israel—for the condition of Lebanese politics today.

Cole often points out the incongruity of the U.S. allying itself with offshoots of the Daawa Party in Iraq, but vehemently opposing Hizbollah in Lebanon.[68]

During the 2006 Lebanon War, Cole accused both sides of committing "war crimes" against civilians. Cole stated that "[Israel has] every right to defend itself against Nasrallah and his mad bombers" while voicing disapproval for the "wholesale indiscriminate destruction and slaughter in which the Israelis have been engaged against the Lebanese in general."[69] Cole also accused Israel of having planned the operation as much as a year in advance, rather than simply responding to provocation.[70]


Cole opposed the Pervez Musharraf regime, which he blames for cracking down on democracy activists, while simultaneously allowing Islamists based in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province to consolidate and expand their political power. He points out that Musharraf is actually a "hawk" with respect to India (in contrast to the government of Nawaz Sharif, which had made overtures to it before the coup), and cancelled a special-forces operation aimed at killing Osama bin Ladin. (The operation had been urged by President Bill Clinton, and if successful, may have prevented the September 11, 2001 attacks.)

Cole also censures the George W. Bush administration for not pushing for democratization in Pakistan. Such a development would not threaten U.S. interests, he writes, since whenever elections have been held, Taliban-like movements have not received much support from voters. On the contrary, the danger is that U.S. support for Musharraf may alienate middle-class Pakistanis.[71]Cole is also on the Editorial Board of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.

Cole's wife Shahin received her legal education in Lahore, Pakistan, and has also written against Musharraf's crackdown.[72]


Cole supported the NATO/American intervention in Libya in 2011, and criticized those on the left that did not support it.[73]

CIA involvement

In 2011, James Risen reported in the New York Times that, "Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information" on Cole "in order to discredit him."[74] "In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted 'to get' Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful."[74]


Alexander H. Joffe in the Middle East Quarterly has written that "Cole suggests that many Jewish American officials hold dual loyalties, a frequent anti-Semitic theme."[75] Cole argues that his critics have "perverted the word 'antisemitic,'" and also points out that "in the Middle East Studies establishment in the United States, I have stood with Israeli colleagues and against any attempt to marginalize them or boycott them".[76]

According to Efraim Karsh, Cole has done "hardly any independent research on the twentieth-century Middle East", and Karsh characterized Cole's analysis of this era as "derivative." He has also responded to Cole's criticism of Israeli policies and the influence of the "Israel lobby", comparing them to accusations that have been made in anti-semitic writings.[77] Cole responded directly to Karsh in his blog, dismissing one of Karsh's charges, that Cole's criticisms echo themes in the antisemitic tract Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Cole also defended his knowledge of modern Middle Eastern history, comparing his experience "on the ground" in the modern Arab world favorably with that of Bernard Lewis, a historian he said is "lionized" by Karsh.[78]

Publishers Weekly, reviewing Coles' 2009 book, Engaging the Muslim World, wrote, "For all his expertise, Cole fails to source some of his harshest accusations; moreover, for a scholar championing greater subtlety of thought, he too often discards nuance himself. To the extent that Cole argues against painting the Middle East with overly broad strokes, he brings a constructive addition to public discourse; his failure to be consistent is a lost opportunity."[79]

Jeremy Sapienza of Antiwar.com has criticized Cole for what he deems as partisan bias on issues of war and peace, noting his support for wars supported by the Democratic party such as in the Balkans and Libya while opposing Republican wars such as Iraq.[80]

Writing on counterpunch.com, John Walsh criticised Cole for being an advisor to the CIA and refers to Cole as a "humanitarian hawk." [81]

David North, writing on the World Socialist Web Site has strongly criticized Cole's defense of the US/NATO Libyan intervention, claiming an inconsistency between Cole's 2006 opposition to the "wholesale destruction of all of Lebananon by Israel and the US Pentagon" as part of a broader strategy to acquire control of the major sources of oil and natural gas, and Cole's 2011 statement that "I haven't seen the war-for-oil argument made for Libya in a manner that makes any sense at all."[82]

Selected bibliography


  • Engaging the Muslim World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. ISBN 0230607543
  • Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. ISBN 1403964319
  • The Ayatollahs and Democracy in Iraq, Amsterdam University Press, 2006. ISBN 9789053568897
  • "Historiography of the Muslim Brotherhood", essay in Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth Century by Israel Gershoni et al., 2006.
  • "The Imagined Embrace: Gender, Identity and Iranian Ethnicity in Jahangiri Paintings", in Michel Mazzaoui, editor, Safavid Iran and her Neighbors, pp. 49–62; Salt Lake City: Utah University Press, 2003.
  • Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi`ite Islam, London: I.B. Tauris, 2002. ISBN 1860647367
  • Modernity and the Millennium:The Genesis of the Bahá'í Faith in the Nineteenth-Century Middle East. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-231-11081-2
  • Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt's `Urabi Movement. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. Paperback edn., Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1999.
  • Comparing Muslim Societies (edited, Comparative Studies in Society and History series); Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992.
  • Roots of North Indian Shi`ism in Iran and Iraq: Religion and State in Awadh, 1722-1859. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1988; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1991)
  • Shi'ism and Social Protest. (edited, with Nikki Keddie), New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.
  • "Baha'u'llah and the Naqshbandi Sufis in Iraq, 1854-1856", from Iran East and West: Studies in Babi and Baha'i History, vol. 2 (edited, with Moojan Momen, and contributor); Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 1984.

Journal Issues

  • The Reelection of Bush and the Fate of Iraq, Constellations, Volume 12, no. 2 (June 2005): 164-172.
  • A ‘Shiite Crescent’? The Regional Impact of the Iraq War.” Current History. (January 2006): 20-26.


  • Religion in Iran: From Zoroaster to Baha'u'llah by Alessandro Bausani. [Editor of this English translation of Persia Religiosa, Milan, 1958, and contributor of afterwords and bibliographical updates]. New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, 2000.
  • Broken Wings: A Novel by Kahlil Gibran. [Translation of the Arabic novel, al-Ajnihah al-Mutakassirah.] Ashland, Or.: White Cloud Press, 1998)
  • The Vision [ar-Ru'ya] of Kahlil Gibran [prose poems translated from the Arabic]. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1998. [Hardcover Edn.: Ashland, Or.: White Cloud Press, 1994)
  • Spirit Brides [`Ara'is al-muruj] of Kahlil Gibran [short stories translated from the Arabic]. Santa Cruz: White Cloud Press, 1993.
  • Letters and Essays 1886-1913 (Rasa'il va Raqa'im) of Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl Gulpaygani [tr. from Arabic and Persian]. Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 1985.
  • Miracles and Metaphors (Ad-Durar al-bahiyyah) of Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl Gulpaygani [tr. from the Arabic and annotated]. Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 1982)


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  21. ^ See, for example, Melinda Beck, et al., "The Case Against War," Newsweek (29 October 1990) p. 24; "The Gulf War," Los Angeles Times (13 February 1991) p. 8; Scott Shane, "Muslim world suffers by actions of terrorists," Baltimore Sun (23 August 1998) p. 1A; and Bill Schiller, "Locals tied to Al Jihad terror network," Toronto Star (21 October 2001) p. A10.
  22. ^ Curt Guyette, "The Blog of War," Metrotimes (25 August 2004).
  23. ^ Daniel W. Drezner and Henry Farrell, "Web of Influence," Foreign Policy (November/December 2004).
  24. ^ Essays and Op-Eds, Juan Cole's website.
  25. ^ As Violence Escalates, President Bush Assures Iraq of U.S. Support PBS NewsHour transcript, Originally Aired: October 16, 2006
  26. ^ "Cole Receives Aronson Award from Hunter College", Informed Comment, March 29, 2006.
  27. ^ Drum, Kevin. Koufax Awards, Washington Monthly blog, February 23, 2005.
  28. ^ "Technorati blog ranking page". Technorati.com. http://www.technorati.com/pop/blogs/. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  29. ^ The Hotline: National Journal's Daily Briefing on Politics, Blogometer Profiles: Informed Comment, National Journal, October 2, 2006
  30. ^ "Can Blogging Derail Your Career? 7 Bloggers Discuss the Case of Juan Cole." Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review 52:47 (28 July 2006) p. B6.
  31. ^ Juan Cole's Senate Testimony Brief, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 20, 2004.
  32. ^ Global Americana Institute. Retrieved July 3, 2006.
  33. ^ Juan Cole, Juan R. I. Cole: Personal Interests, "Juan R. I. Cole Home Page", University of Michigan website.
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  35. ^ See http://www.juancole.com/2002_04_01_juanricole_archive.html
  36. ^ See http://www.juancole.com/2006/03/peace-and-love-in-quran-list-of.html
  37. ^ International Federation for Human Rights (2003-08-01). "Discrimination against religious minorities in Iran" (PDF). fdih.org. http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/ir0108a.pdf. Retrieved 2006-10-20. 
  38. ^ "J. Cole Personal statement on Baha'u'". Personal.umich.edu. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/bahai/1999/persdec.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
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  44. ^ "Ahmadinejad: "I am not anti-Semitic"". Juancole.com. June 26, 2007. http://www.juancole.com/2007/06/ahmadinejad-i-am-not-anti-semitic.html. 
  45. ^ Fathi, Nazila (October 30, 2005). "Text of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Speech". Week in Review (New York Times). http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/30/weekinreview/30iran.html?ex=1161230400&en=26f07fc5b7543417&ei=5070. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  46. ^ Hitchens, Christopher (May 2, 2006). "The Cole Report: When it comes to Iran, he distorts, you decide". Slate Magazine. http://www.slate.com/id/2140947. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  47. ^ a b c d Cole, Juan (May 3, 2006). "Hitchens the Hacker; And, Hitchens the Orientalist And, "We don't Want Your Stinking War!". http://www.juancole.com/2006/05/hitchens-hacker-and-hitchens.html. Retrieved 2006-05-04. 
  48. ^ News Hits staff, Juan up, Metro Times, 5/10/2006
  49. ^ Joel Mowbray, Hatchet man or scholar?, The Washington Times, May 22, 2006
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  53. ^ Cole, Juan (28 October 2005). "All the vice president's men". Salon. http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/salon65.html. 
  54. ^ Sullivan, Elizabeth (26 September 2002). "Iraq No Friend of al-Qaida, Experts Say". Cleveland Plain Dealer. p. A11. 
  55. ^ Blanford, Nicholas (9 September 2002). "Syria Worries U.S. Won't Stop at Iraq". Christian Science Monitor. pp. 6. http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0909/p06s01-wome.html. 
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  57. ^ Informed Comment November 13, 2007
  58. ^ Cole, Juan (19 April 2006). "Breaking the silence". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/04/18/taboo/. 
  59. ^ Cole, Juan (9 September 2004). "Dual Loyalties". Informed Comment. http://www.juancole.com/2004/09/dual-loyalties-many-readers-have.html. 
  60. ^ Cole, Juan (26 July 2002). "Why We Should Not Boycott Israeli Academics". The Chronicle of Higher Education. http://chronicle.com/free/v48/i46/46b01301.htm. 
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  67. ^ "Informed Comment". Juancole.com. March 1, 2005. http://www.juancole.com/2005/03/lebanon-realignment-and-syria-it-is.html. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  68. ^ "scroll down to the questions section". Mepc.org. http://www.mepc.org/forums_chcs/41.asp. Retrieved 2009-04-28. [dead link]
  69. ^ Cole, Juan (17 July 2006). "Israel Widens Airstrikes; 140 Civilians Dead since Weds; Nasrallah Threatens Haifa with Worse Attacks". Informed Comment. http://www.juancole.com/2006/07/israel-widens-airstrikes-140-civilians.html. 
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