News Release #8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lydia Szyjka
610-647-4400, Ext. 3143

IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AUTHORS BOOK ON FRANCE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD

Dr. William E. Watson, associate professor of history at Immaculata University, has written a timely book entitled "Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World." The book is published by Praeger Publishers.

France has been in contact with Islam and Muslim populations for 1,400 years. This book explores that long relationship and history. So far, France has avoided a September 11-type terrorist attack despite the intra-country presence of Muslim terrorist groups like al-Qaeda. The main feature of the book concentrates on the creation of the modern French Empire in Saharan and Sudannic Africa, as well as in Syria and the Lebanese Mandates, during the New Imperialism of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In 1998, Dr. Watson released another history book on "The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union." He has been an associate professor of history at Immaculata University since 1998. He comments that the book addresses "a history
that is not generally known in contemporary America. France has had the longest sustained contact with Islam and with Muslim populations of almost any Western nation and France has been, and remains, better suited to address an ‘Islamic threat´ than most other Western countries."

As an expert on issues relating to this topic, Dr. Watson would be willing to elaborate on both his new book and other current world topics. For more information on contacting Dr. Watson, please call the Public Relations Office at 610-647-4400, ext. 3143.

Immaculata University, a Catholic liberal arts institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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