3. A Paradox of Political Mysticism: The Bektashi Sufi Order as an Islamic Esoteric Community and Factor in Albanian National History
Stephen Schwartz [+]
Center for Islamic Pluralism, Washington, DC
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, DC (www.islamicpluralism.org) and author of the 2008 book The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony (Doubleday). In 2002, he published the bestselling The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role In Terrorism (Doubleday). He is an Adjunct Scholar of the U.S.-based Middle East Forum. During the 1990s he pursued an intensive study of Balkan comparative religion while working as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and an editor for the Albanian Catholic Institute in San Francisco. He also completed missions in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, and Slovenia for the International Federation of Journalists, the Council of Europe, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Crisis Group, the Soros Fund for an Open Society, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the U.S. Department of State, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.