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Anatol Lieven’s last position was as chair of international relations and terrorism studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His areas of expertise include Islamist terrorism and insurgency; contemporary warfare; US and Western strategy; the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the Greater Middle East, especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country was published in April 2011 by Penguin in the UK and Public Affairs in the US. From 2000-2007 Anatol Lieven worked in Washington DC first as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and then as a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. During this period he wrote Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (co-authored with John Hulsman, published in September 2006 by Pantheon) and America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (Oxford University Press and Harper Collins, 2004, republished in an updated and expanded new edition, 2012). From 1986 to 1998 he worked as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union (chiefly for The Times), and is author of several books on the latter region, including The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993), Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? (Yale University Press 1998), and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (US Institute of Peace, 1999). The Baltic Revolution won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governor’s Award in 1993. Anatol Lieven frequently writes for the international media. He has testified before committees and sub-committees of the US Congress and the British parliament, has briefed the Brtish government on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has spoken on numerous occasions at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the US Department of State, and the French Foreign Ministry, as well as at a wide range of U.S, European, Russian and Chinese universities and institutes. Anatol Lieven holds a BA in history (double first) and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge, Great Britain

Amira Sonbol  specializes in the history of modern Egypt, Islamic history and law, women, gender and Islam and is the author of several books including The New Mamluks:Egyptian Society and Modern Feudalism; Women, the Family and Divorce Laws in Islamic History; The Creation of a Medical Profession in Egypt: 1800-1922; The Memoirs of Abbas Hilmi II: Sovereign of Egypt; Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor and Law; Beyond the Exotic:Muslim Women's Histories. Professor Sonbol is Editor-in-Chief of HAWWA: the Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World published by E.J. Brill and Co-Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, a quarterly journal co-published with Selly Oak Colleges (UK). She teaches courses on the History of Modern Egypt, Women and Law, and Islamic Civilization.

Atiqa Hachimi is Assistant Professor of Sociolinguistics and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on social and language change in the Arabic-speaking world, particularly in Morocco. Her first major project scrutinized the politics of migration and identity in the making of spoken Arabic in the major metropolis of Casablanca (whose population exploded with French colonial rule). Her new research project looks at the sociolinguistics of globalization and transnational identities in the Arab world. With the digital and transnational Arabic-speaking world as backdrop, she explores language ideologies and hierarchies between North Africa and the Arabic-speaking Middle East, leading her to coin the term “The Maghreb-Mashreq language ideology.” Her articles have appeared or forthcoming in a range of journals, including Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, Langage et Société, Social and Cultural Geography,Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik, and Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics, in addition to chapters in a number of edited volumes.

Birol Baskan is Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2006. Baskan taught at State University of New York-Fredonia in 2006-2007 and at Qatar University in 2007-2010. His research looks at the roles religion, religious institutions, and grassroots religious groups play in creating, maintaining, undermining, and destroying political order in the Middle East. He has published in Politics and Religion; HAWWA: the Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World; Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Insight Turkey; Akademik Ortadogu; Arab Studies Quarterly; Turkish Yearbook of International Politics and Comparative Political Studies. He is the author of From Religious Empires to Secular States, Routledge, 2014, and the co-editor of State-Society Relations in the Arab Gulf States, Gerlach, 2014.

Brendan Hill is Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his Ph.D. in European History from Georgetown University. He specializes in church and legal history, and his research focuses specifically on the criminalization of sin and the creation of a godly society at the dawn of the modern era in England. Dr. Hill has been teaching at Georgetown University's campus in Washington, DC since 1996. In addition to teaching survey courses on the history of Europe, England & Ireland, he teaches smaller seminars on the cultural roots of ethnic conflict—using Northern Ireland as a case study—and on the evolving relationship between the secular and the sacred in modern Europe.

Brian T. Edwards is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, where he is the founding Director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. Educated at Yale University (BA, MA, PhD), he is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Duke, 2005), and co-editor of Globalizing American Studies (U of Chicago, 2010), a collection of essays that provides global perspectives on US history, politics, and culture. He edited On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies (Northwestern in Qatar, 2013), also available online. Edwards’ newest book, After the American Century: Ends of Circulation in Casablanca, Cairo, and Tehran, examines the circulation of American culture in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, based on a decade of research. It is forthcoming in fall 2015 from Columbia University Press. 

Clyde Wilcox is a professor in the Government Department at Georgetown, where he has taught since 1987. He writes on a number of topics in American and Comparative politics, including religion and politics, gender politics, public opinion and electoral behavior, interest groups, campaign finance, and science fiction and politics. He has authored, coauthored, edited, or co-edited more than 30 books and hundreds of journal articles and book chapters. While in Washington, DC, Professor Wilcox met with many international visitor groups from nearly every country. He has lectured in many countries across all continents, although he has yet to be invited to lecture in Antarctica. Among the countries he has lectured in recently are Kenya, Uganda, Jordan, the UAE, Qatar, England, France, Germany,Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Columbia. He also provides diplomatic training for the U.S. State Department and has provided training for diplomats of other countries. His course Composure Under Fire trains US diplomats to answer hard questions. He has been an expert witness for the US Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission, and most recently the New York Attorney General. He has consulted in political campaigns, for interest groups, and for the Mini Page. He is working on a project on environmental attitudes, interviewing fish and turtles off the reef in Bonaire.

Davide Ticchi is Professor of Economics and Director of the Research Unit ICES (Institutional Change, Economics, Society) at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, where he has also been Director of the Research Area in Economics and Institutional Change and of the PhD program in Economics. Davide obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University Pompeu Fabra in 2004. He has published papers on the political economy of constitutional choice, on the role of the military on politics, on the effects of wars on political institutions, and on the role of culture and institutions in economic growth and development. His current research interests focus on the relationship between religion and scientific and technological progress, on the coevolution of political culture and institutions, and on how to transfer real political power in ethnically fragmented weakly institutionalized societies in order to end violent conflicts.

Firat Oruc is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2010. His teaching specialties include contemporary global literature, 20th century Anglophone writing, literatures of the Middle East, and world cinema. Before joining SFS-Q, he taught in the Comparative Literary Studies program at Northwestern University (2011-2013) and the departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011). His scholarly interests center on the intersections of cultural globalization and transnationalism, postcolonial studies, world literature theory, and translation studies. His recent work has appeared in literary criticism journals such as English Language Notes, Criticism and Postcolonial Text. His current book project is a comparative study of world literature and institutions of translation in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran.

Geraldine Forbes is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita in the Department of History at the State University of New York Oswego. A pioneer in researching and writing women’s history in Colonial India, her publications include: Shudha Mazumdar, Memoirs of an Indian Woman (1989), Manmohini Zutshi Sahgal, An Indian Freedom Fighter Recalls Her Life (1994), Women in Modern India (1996) for the New Cambridge History of India, and Women in Colonial India: Essays on Politics, Medicine and Historiography (2005) as well as several articles."Because I am a Woman": Child Widow: A Memoir from Colonial India (2010),  published in collaboration with Tapan Raychaudhuri, is the translated and edited memoir of Hamabati Sen. She is currently working on a number of projects including Gandhi and Saraladevi Chaudhurani, Women and Family Photographs in Colonial India, and an early missionary in Nagaland.

Gerd Nonneman, Dean of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and Professor of International Relations & Gulf Studies, holds an M.A. in Middle East Politics (1985) and Ph.D in Politics (1993) from the University of Exeter. He also holds Licentiates in Oriental Philology (Arabic) (1980) and Development Studies (1981) from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as Professor of International Relations & Middle East Politics, and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, where he has also directed the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies and the Center for Gulf Studies. A former Executive Director of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), he is also a Council member of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). Aside from his academic work, he has worked in the private sector in the Gulf region, and acted as a consultant to a range of companies, NGOs, governments and international institutions. Dean Nonneman is Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabian Studies (Routledge). Among his recent publications are: Al-Mamlaka Al-'arabiyya al-sa'udiyya fi-l-mizan [Saudi Arabia in the Balance] (updated Arabic edition: Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2012); ‘Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: Elite Politics, Street Protests and Regional Diplomacy’ (Chatham House, 2011); ‘Europe, the US, and the Gulf after the Cold War’, in V. Mauer & D. Möckli (eds.), European-American Relations and the Middle East: From Suez to Iraq (Routledge, 2010); ‘Terrorism and Political Violence in the Middle East and North Africa: Drivers and Limitations’, in A. Siniver (ed.), International Terrorism post 9/11 (Routledge, 2010); ‘Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: From Liberalisation to Democratisation? A Comparative Perspective’, in A. Ehteshami & S. Wright (eds.), Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2008); Saudi Arabia in the Balance: Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs (New York University Press, 2006); 'EU-GCC Relations', (Gulf Research Center, 2006); and Analyzing Middle East Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2005).

Gwendolyn Mikell is the Professor of Anthropology and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she has taught since 1976. She served as Director of the African Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown from 1996-2007 – a program which she helped develop from 1982 onward; and she was Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1992-1995. She was Senior Fellow for African Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2000 - 2003. She has been President of the African Studies Association, a Jennings-Randolph Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana-Legon, the Institute for Social Research at the University of Natal in Durban- South Africa, and the Institute for Developing Economies in Tokyo. She is a Board member of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art; and she has served on the Boards of the American Anthropological Association, the African Studies Association, CIES-Fulbright Program, and the British-Marshall Selection Committees.
As a political and economic anthropologist, Mikell’s research interests are in African political and economic transitions, democratization and peace, African feminism, and the political /religious dynamics of African women’s organizations. She has been involved on issues related to Ghanaian and Nigerian issues for many years, both through research and practice, through the U.S. State Department’s ‘Dialogue on Islam in Nigeria,’ and through all election observation missions since the 1990s. She is the author of numerous articles and two books – Cocoa and Chaos in Ghana (1982, 2005) and African Feminism: The Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa (1997); and she has a forthcoming book project that follows Kofi Annan’s initiatives on Africa 1997-2009. She holds the B.A. in Sociology from the Univ. of Chicago; a Certificate in French from the National University of Cote d’Ivoire; and the M.A. & Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. 

Hisham Aidi's research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements.  He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008) a study of labor movements in Brazil and Mexico.  From 2002-2003, Aidi was a consultant for UNDP's Human Development Report.  As a journalist, he has written for various outlets. From 1999-2003, he worked as a cultural reporter, covering Harlem and the Bronx, for, The New African and ColorLines.  More recently, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker and Salon.  Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society.  He is editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009.)  Aidi is the author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014), a study of American cultural diplomacy.

Ian Almond is Professor of World Literature. He received his PhD in English Literature from Edinburgh University in 2000. He is the author of four books, most recently Two Faiths, One Banner (Harvard University Press, 2009) and History of Islam in German Thought (Routledge, 2010), and over forty articles in a variety of journals including PMLA, Radical Philosophy, ELH and New
Literary History. He specializes in comparative world literature, with a tri-continental emphasis on Mexico, Bengal and Turkey. His books have been translated into eight languages, including Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Korean, Serbo-Croat, Persian and Indonesian. He is currently working on a history of Islam in Latin America.

James Reardon-Anderson is Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies and Senior Associate Dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1985, and has served as director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei (1980-81, 1988), chief librarian of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University (1982-85), director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (1990-92); director of Asian Studies at Georgetown (1992-1995); and director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program (2002-05). Dean Reardon-Anderson is the author of five books on the history and politics of China, most recently Reluctant Pioneers: China’s Expansion Northward, 1644-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2005), a study of Chinese frontier expansion and settlement. 

Jeffrey Anderson is an expert in European politics, with special emphasis on the European Union and postwar German politics and foreign policy. 

John Esposito: University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments and corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. A former President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, he is currently Vice President (2011) and President Elect (2012) of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation and the board of C-1 World Dialogue and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. 
Esposito is recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.). His more than 45 books and monographs include: Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, The Future of Islam, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics; What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, World Religions Today and Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis), Asian Islam in the 21st Century, Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk (with S. Hitchcock); Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat) Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?, Religion and Global Order (with M. Watson), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi); Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani); Islam, Gender, and Social Change and Muslims on the Americanization Path and Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad); and Women in Muslim Family Law. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 35 languages. Esposito’s interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times of London, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito. 

Karine Walther is an Assistant Professor of History at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, a Maîtrise and Licence in sociology from the University of Paris VIII and a BA in American studies from the University of Texas, Austin. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Sacred Empire: Islam and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1821-1921, which focuses on how ideas about Islam influenced American foreign relations between the Greek War of Independence and the end of WWI.

Laura Doyle is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and co-director of the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project,  which seeks to foster scholarship and teaching informed by non-eurocentric world history. (WSIP: Professor Doyle specializes in interdisciplinary approaches to culture and politics, with a focus on racial and inter-imperial formations.  Her book publications include Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (Perkins Prize); Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940; and two edited collections: Bodies of Resistance: New Phenomenologies of Politics, Agency, and Culture and (with Laura Winkiel) Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity. Her lecture will draw from her current project combining recent world historiography and postcolonial studies to reframe current discussions of world politics, globalization, and empire. 

Mohammed Talib is a Social Anthropologist at the University of Oxford. He teaches and supervises research on the Anthropology of Muslim societies, and is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies. His publications include a monograph, Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi (2010), Oxford University Press.His research focuses on sufi groups, tablighi jama’at and madrassahs. His current research work: Madrassahs in the Recent History: An Alternative view between Anthropology and International Relations.  In social anthropology he has a monograph titled Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi (2010). Some of his recent articles include ‘Modes of Overcoming Social Exclusion through Education: Analysis of two Accounts from pre-and post-Independent India’ in K N Panikkar and M Bhaskaran Nair (eds.) Emerging Trends in Higher Education in India:  Concepts and Practices. (2011). ‘Predicaments of Serving Two Masters: Anthropologists between the Discipline and Sponsored Research’ in Raúl Acosta et. al (eds.) Making Sense of the Global: Anthropological Perspectives on Interconnections and Processes. (2010).

Nelly Hanna is Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo. She has been visiting professor/ guest lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1998); Harvard University (2001); Waseda University, Tokyo (2008-9). Her scholarly interests have been on Ottoman Egypt (1500-1800). Her work focused to a large extent on the social groups outside the establishment, such as artisans, traders and merchants, with a special emphasis on the economy and its impact on culture and on society.  She has published in English, French and Arabic. Her recent publications are:
Ottoman Egypt and the Emergence of the Modern World, 1500-1800, American University in Cairo Press, 2014.
Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo (1600-1800) and Early Modern Capitalism, Syracuse University Press, 2011.
In Praise of Books, a Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class 16-18th centuries, Syracuse, 2003.
Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Isma`il Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant, Syracuse 1998.

Nishith Prakash joined the University of Connecticut in Spring 2012 after completing his doctorate at the University of Houston, Texas and working as a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University from July 2010 till December 2011. He previously held visiting Assistant Professor Positions at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. His primary research interests include development, labor, public policy, and program evaluation. One line of his work focuses on understanding the effects of affirmative action policies in India on labor market outcomes, child labor and poverty. His other work has examined topics such as the returns to English-language skills, effects of crime on economic growth, effect of politician quality on economic outcomes in India, and evaluation of welfare and behavioral impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Kenya. Professor Prakash’s research uses experimental and quasi-experimental econometric techniques to obtain estimates with causal interpretations. He has experience conducting surveys in developing countries and working with large scale observational and administrative data sets. Professor Prakash’s research has been covered in The Economist, World Bank Development Impact Blog, The Atlantic, The Hindu, The Times of India, and other national and international newspaper.He is also a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) based at University College London, The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN).Professor Prakash maintains a blog about his research and teaching interests at:

Nouri Gana is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He published numerous articles and chapters on the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its Diasporas in such scholarly venues as Comparative Literature Studies, PMLA, Public Culture and Social Text. He also contributed op-eds to such magazines and international newspapers as The Guardian, El Pais, The Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya and CounterPunch. He is the author of Signifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), and the editor of The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects and of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh UP, 2013). He is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of melancholia in the Arab world and another on the history of cultural dissent in colonial and postcolonial Tunisia. Faculty webpage:

Patricia Reynaud: ​After earning an M.A. in British culture and civilization from the University of Paris III (Sorbonne nouvelle) and another in Political economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, Patricia Reynaud studied at the University of Oregon where she obtained a Ph.D. in Romance Languages. She received tenure and promotion at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and taught there in the Dept. of French and Italian from 1988 to 2009. She has also taught in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg and in the summer at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her publications include: Fiction et Faillite : Economie et métaphores dans Madame Bovary. She has also published articles in various journals including: Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Sophia, Les Cahiers Simone Weil, African Literature Association, XIXth Century French Studies, Diacritics, French Literature Series and the Association of Indian Teachers of French. Her research interests include the French sociology of culture (Pierre Bourdieu, Luc Boltanski in particular), the influence of India on French philosophy and literature, French and francophone literature, film studies and the study of intercultural differences.

Reza Pirbhai is an Associate Professor, specializing in South Asian and World history. His research is focused on Islam in Modern South Asia. He earned a doctorate in History from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 2004. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown he was Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University (USA). His articles/book chapters on such topics as Islamic law and theology, Hindu nationalism and British travel literature have appeared in the Journal of Asian History, Modern Intellectual History and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. He is also the author of a book titled Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context, published by E.J. Brill (2009), and is currently researching and writing a book on Gender and Muslim Nationalism in Pakistan.

Rizwan Ahmad is assistant professor of sociolinguistics in the Department of English Literature & Linguistics at Qatar University. Dr. Ahmad received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His areas of specialization are sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. His work focuses on language and identity. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Delhi, He has published papers on the sociolinguistics of Urdu and Hindi in refereed journals such asLanguage in Society, Journal of Pragmatics, and Modern Asian Studies. Dr. Ahmad is also interested in the sociolinguistics of the Arab World.

Rory Miller is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and holds a joint appointment as a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies and the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London. He is a member of the executive committee of the European Association of Israel Studies and is co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series on the Political Economy of the Middle East. He is the author or editor of 8 books including, most recently Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years (Ashgate: 2010) and Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 (Columbia University Press: 2011). He has also published extensively in scholarly and policy journals including Diplomacy & Statecraft, Foreign Affairs, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Contemporary History, Science & Diplomacy and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. More than 100 of his op-ed and analysis pieces have appeared in the international media including Foreign Policy Online, The New Republic Online, The Wall Street Journal, Asharq AI-Awsat, The National (Abu Dhabi) and The Irish Times.

Sherman A.  Jackson: King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, Professor of Religion and Professor or American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, he has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.  In addition to numerous articles on Islamic law, theology and history, he is author of Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Qarāfī (E.J.  Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī’s Fayṣal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002) Islam and Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (Oxford, 2005), Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009), Sufism For Non-Sufis? Ibn Aṭā’ Allāh’s Tāj al-‘Arūs(Oxford, 2012) and Initiative to Stop the Violence: Sadat’s Assassins and the Renunciation of Political Violence (Yale, 2014).  He is a past member of the U.S.-Muslim World Advisory Committee of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a co-founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), a former member of the Fiqh Council of North America and past president of theSharî‘ah Scholars’ Association of North America (SSANA).  He has been featured on the Washington Post-Newsweek blog, "On Faith," and is listed by Religion Newswriters Foundation's ReligionLink as one of the top ten experts on Islam in America. In 2009, and again in 2012, he was named among the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

Wendy James is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford, and Fellow of St. Cross College, having previously taught in the Universities of Khartoum, Aarhus, and Bergen.  She has served as President of the Royal Anthropological Institute in London (2001-4) and as Vice-President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (2001-11).   She holds an Honorary D.Sc. from Copenhagen; is a Fellow of the British Academy; and in 2011 was appointed CBE.  Her interests include the links between the aims of long-term history and of social/cultural anthropology, and she has worked with archaeologists and philosophers on questions of common interest.  Her primary ethnographic research was carried out in the Sudan and Ethiopia, where she later undertook a series of humanitarian consultancies.  Her most recent books include The Ceremonial Animal: A New Portrait of Anthropology (OUP 2003) and War and Survival in Sudan’s Frontierlands: Voices from the Blue Nile (OUP 2007).