Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including A History of God, which became an international best seller. Her other works include The Battle of God, A History of Fundamentalism; Islam; Buddha; The Great Transformation; The Case for God; Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence; as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her most recent work, published in 2019, is The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts. Her books have been translated into 45 languages.
Ms. Armstrong has addressed members of the US Congress on three occasions and lectured to policy makers at the US State Department. In 2006, she was invited by Kofi Anan to join the High Level Group of the new UN Alliance of Civilizations; in 2008, she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal; in 2009, she won the TED Prize, and with TED founded the Charter of Compassion, which is now a global movement. From 2008-2016, she was a trustee of the British Museum; in 2013, she was awarded the inaugural British Academy Al-Rodhan Prize for Improving Intercultural Relations; and in 2017, she was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.
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