About Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, DC and author of the bestselling The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role In Terrorism (Doubleday).

He was born in 1948, and has pursued a long literary and journalistic career, having published seven books on modern political history, with special attention to extremism.   He was a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle for 10 years and was secretary of the Northern California Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO.

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, his extensive and authoritative writings on the phenomenon of Wahhabism established him as one of the leading global experts on Islam, its internal divisions, and its relations with other faiths.  

 He began a serious examination of Islam in 1990, when he first visited Yugoslavia.   Researching the history of Jews in the Balkans – for articles published in the Jewish Forward and other periodicals – he developed close relations with Balkan Islamic intellectual, religious and political leaders.  His writings in Balkan Jews were collected in the 2005 volume Sarajevo Rose:  A Balkan Jewish Notebook (Saqi/Palgrave Macmillan).

Semites Everywhere You Look

By February 21, 2007

From: Stephen Schwartz To: Kerry Olitzky Subject: What would "Jewish Inclusiveness" look like? Kerry, I'm intrigued by your mention of "an inclusive Jewish community [that] include[s] Muslims as it does Christians." Could you elaborate? Certainly a great many Gentiles or … Read More

Why I Chose Islam Instead of Judaism

By February 19, 2007

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is executive director of The Center for Islamic Pluralism, and a supporter of the Jewish people and Israel. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, which brings Judaism to interfaith families and the … Read More

“Your Nation is Held Hostage by Palestinian Arabs”

By January 23, 2007

January 23, 2007 To: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tehran, Iran Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim, blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and upon his House, peace. I write in response to your letter dated 29 November 2006 and directed to the … Read More