It has often been said “you can’t know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been.”  Taking a scholarly view of the numerous great men and women who came along to shape the world has always been a passion for noted historian and author, Mark Walia, Ph.D.

Now, Dr. Walia is taking his passion one step further by explaining his groundbreaking research and conclusions on the fragile relationship between Islam and Western culture in his new book entitled, A Tale of Two Cultures: Islam and the West.

A professor at California State University, Fullerton, Dr. Walia teaches both ancient and modern world history. Additionally, he offers a unique course on radical Islam at Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA, as well as a class on Western Civilization from the sixteenth century to the present day.

“I have always been interested in explaining to people how we arrived at the present political and social situations in the world,” Dr. Walia said.

“For many years I have watched news analysis of the conflict between Islamic and Western culture that seemed simplistic and flawed,” he added.  “Through this book, I want to give people a scholarly, but accessible work that would answer the most pressing questions about Islam.”

Dr. Walia holds a B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan, where he first developed a fascination with Islam and its distinctive view of human existence, an M.A in European history from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Ph. D in religious history from the University of California, Riverside.

His current research focus and the topic of a future book is the transformation of American youth in the twenty-first century. This work will examine and assess the profound changes taking place in the lives of young people as a consequence of instantaneous communication technology, an unparalleled level of personal freedom, and the larger society’s stress on diversity, tolerance, and multiculturalism.


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