A New Orleans native, Nabil Al-Tikriti is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Mary Washington.  An expert on the modern Middle East and specialist in Ottoman History, Prof. Al-Tikriti earned a bachelor’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a doctorate in Ottoman History from the University of Chicago in 2004.  He has also studied at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad in Cairo, and the American University in Cairo.  He is the recipient of several grants and scholarships, including two Fulbrights and a U.S. Institute of Peace Fellowship.  He has also served as a consultant, election monitor, and relief worker at a number of field locations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

“3 Sufis 3” is the current reincarnation of an earlier blog entitled “truthtalkziraq,” which went inactive in August 2006.  This blog concentrates on issues of professional and personal interest, including modern Middle East politics and history, US foreign policy, humanitarian assistance, Ottoman history, higher education, and New Orleans.