Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and now teaches at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers. A regular reviewer for the 'Sunday Times', her books include 'A History of God', 'Holy War', 'The Gospel According to Women', 'The Battle for God', 'Islam: A Short History' and 'Through the Narrow Gate'. Her work has been translated into forty languages. In 1999 she was awarded the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award. Since September 11, 2001 she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam and fundamentalism. She lives in London.