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Jack Miles

Author, forthcoming “God in the Qur’an”

Jack Miles is currently writing God in the Qur'an (Alfred A. Knopf 2018), a study of the character of God as knowable from episodes in the Qur'an that also occur in the Bible. He is also the General Editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions, a massive reference work published in 2014 after seven years of work by a team of seven internationally-recognized scholars. Miles won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his book God: A Biography and is a former MacArthur "Genius" Fellow (2003-2007). He serves as Senior Fellow for Religion and International Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. Miles is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle and, from 1985 to 1995, served as the editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, director of the newspaper’s book prize program and a member of its editorial board. He has published previously in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly and numerous foreign newspapers. He has lectured or taught at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Chicago, the University of Groeningen in the Netherlands, the University of Bologna, the University of Sydney, Australia and others. Senior Advisor to the President of the J. Paul Getty Trust for several years, he was named Senior Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2006-2007, after which he became Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine and director of UCI’s Program in Religious Studies.