Arthur J. Magida

Arthur J. Magida’s new book, Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris, will be published by W.W. Norton in June 2020.
Advance readers call Code Name Madeleine “a thrilling spy story & a moving portrait of Noor Inayat Khan’s courage” and “one of the finest & most affecting true stories of espionage I have read.”

A former professor at Georgetown University and at the University of Baltimore and a consultant to several PBS documentaries, Magida has been a columnist for the on-line religion magazine,; a contributing correspondent to PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly;” editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing; senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times; environmental reporter for National Journal; writer/editor for Ralph Nader; director of publications for an energy conservation project; & a reporter for Pennsylvania newspapers.

His op-eds have appeared in major newspapers around the country, he has free-lanced for such publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Tikkun & Geo. and he has appeared on Dateline, the CBS Early Show, Court TV’s “Catherine Crier Live,” “The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour,” ABC’s “World News Tonight,” C-Span’s “Booknotes,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and an A&E documentary.

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Books in order of publication:

The Person: His Development Throughout the Life Cycle1968
Prophet Of Rage: A Life Of Louis Farrakhan And His Nation1997
The Land of the Poison Wind: An African Journey into Contemporary Slavery2000
The Rabbi and the Hit Man: A True Tale of Murder, Passion, and Shattered Faith2003
Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage2006
The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler’s Circle2011
How to Be a Perfect Stranger 6/E: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook2015
Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris2020
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