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Karen Armstrong OBE is a historian of religion, whose books have been translated into forty-five languages. They include, A History of God, which was an international bestseller; Islam: A Short History, A Short History of Myth; The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir; and most recently Fields of Blood; Religion and the History of Violence. In 2007 she was appointed by Kofi Anan to the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations with the task of diagnosing the causes of extremism. In 2008 she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. In 2013 she received the British Academy’s inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Improving Transcultural Understanding and in 2015 the ISESCO/OCIS prize for Educators. In 2017, she was awarded the Princess of Asturias Prize for Social Sciences. Karen Armstrong is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.