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Hillel Fradkin

Director, Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Dr. Hillel Fradkin is a Senior Fellow with Hudson Institute where he directs its Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. He is founder and co-editor (with Husain Haqqani, Eric Brown, and Hassan Mneimneh) of the Center’s Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, the leading journal on contemporary Islamism (sometimes known as militant or radical Islam). He is also general editor of Hudson’s monograph series on contemporary Islam and Islamism.

Fradkin received his degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago in 1978 for work done under the direction of the late Pakistani theologian Fazlur Rahman and was also a student of Dr. Muhsin Mahdi of Harvard University. His graduate studies included work on the history of Jewish thought. He received a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Prior to joining Hudson in 2004 Fradkin was a fellow at several other research institutes. Fradkin was a member of the faculties of the University of Chicago (1986-1998) and Columbia University/Barnard College (1979-1986.) He has also taught at Yale University and Georgetown University. He was vice-president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and director of its grantmaking program in public policy research (1986-1998.) He served in the US Army from 1969-1972 and was a member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He writes on both classical and contemporary Islam as well as Middle Eastern politics, American foreign and security policy and international relations and has lectured widely both in the US and abroad—including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Turkey and Israel—before academic, public, and governmental audiences. In addition to work on Islamic history and thought he has also written on the history of the problematic relationship of religion and politics as well as the history of Jewish thought.

His foreign languages include Hebrew, French, and Arabic.

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Hillel Fradkin is quoted in The Jerusalem Post on Israel and the ‘liberal world order.’

Hillel Fradkin testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform quoted in The Washington Examiner

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Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby’s Wall Street Journal article cited in US News & World Report