Explainer thanks Maher Awad of the University of Pennsylvania; Shiva Balghi of New York University; Brenda Bickett, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies bibliographer at Georgetown University; Juan Cole, editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies; Norm Goldstein, stylebook editor for the Associated Press; and John Voll of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
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