Karen Armstrong is one of the most provocative, original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. Formerly an instructor at London’s prestigious Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism, she is author of the international best seller, The History of God. Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who left the convent to pursue a degree in modern literature from Oxford University. She has since taught Modern Literature at London University and served as head of the English Department in a girls’ secondary school.

During 1983, Armstrong worked in the Middle East on a six-part TV series on the life and work of St. Paul, which was shown on Britain’s Channel Four Television. Her other television work has included Varieties of Religious Experience (1984), in which she interviewed people of different faiths, Tongues of Fire (1985), in which she discussed religious poetry, and in 1996,the PBS series “Genesis: A Living Conversation,” with Bill Moyers.

Armstrong DVD, What Is Religion?

Books by Karen Armstrong

  • The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, 2006
  • The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness, 2004
  • Buddha, 2001
  • The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, 2000
  • Islam: A Short History, 2000
  • Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths, 1996
  • In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis, 1996
  • Visions of God: Four Medieval Mystics and Their Writings, 1994
  • The History of God, 1993
  • The End of Silence: Women and Priesthood, 1993
  • Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, 1992
  • Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today’s World, 1991
  • Gospel According to Woman: Christianity’s Creation of the Sex War in the West, 1987
  • Tongues of Fire: An Anthology of Religious and Poetic Experience, 1987
  • The First Christian: Saint Paul’s Impact on Christianity, 1983
  • Beginning the World, 1983
  • Through the Narrow Gate, 1981

Awards & Honors

  • Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Media Award, 1999
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