Karen Armstrong

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Bestselling author Karen Armstrong has published numerous books, including A History of God, Islam: A Short History,The Battle for God, Buddha, The Spiral Staircase, Muhammed,The Great Transformation, The Case for God, and most recently, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

She spent seven years in a Roman Catholic convent, later earned a literature degree at Oxford, and then taught at a girls' school.  In 1982 Armstrong began her career as a religion scholar being a freelance writer and in television.  She has received international acclaim and awards for the furtherance of interreligious understanding worldwide and has spoken to the U.S.Congress and United Nations on these issues. She is a frequent commentator and speaker.  Armstrong lives in London.