Editors and Advisory Boards
Editor in Chief
John L. Esposito
University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and Professor of Islamic Studies
Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
John L. Esposito is a renowned scholar of Islam, political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and Religion and International Affairs. He is editor in chief of the four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present. His more than thirty books include The Future of Islam; Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century; Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam; The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam and Politics; Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?; and Islam and Democracy (with J. Voll). His writings have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Indonesian, Urdu, numerous European languages, Japanese, and Chinese.
President of the American Academy of Religion and an Ambassador for the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, Esposito is a member of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders, as well as a former president of the Middle East Studies Association. Esposito is also a recipient of the American Academy of Religion's 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan's Hilal-i Quaid-i-Azam Award for outstanding contributions in Islamic studies. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and to governments, corporations, universities, and the media. In 2003 he received the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Natana J. DeLong-Bas
Lecturer in Theology
Natana J. DeLong-Bas is the author of Jihad for Islam: The Struggle for the Future of Saudi Arabia (Oxford, forthcoming, 2008); Notable Muslims: Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture; Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad; and Women in Muslim Family Law (with John L. Esposito). She has also written numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles focusing on Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Islamic thought and history, Islam and politics, and contemporary jihadism, including al-Qa'ida. A consultant to several international corporations, governments, and the media, she is currently working with the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives in Saudi Arabia and IDC Publishers in the Netherlands to publish portions of the Foundation's historical manuscript holdings related to the history and development of Islam from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century.
Professor of Political Science
University of South Carolina
Shahrough Akhavi received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.A. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Akhavi has conducted field research in Iran and Egypt in the sociology of Islam and social theory, with grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, and the Social Science Research Council. He has served in the field of Iranian studies in various capacities, including as President of the Society for Iranian Studies from 2002 to 2003.
Akhavi is the author of Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran and Middle Eastern Political Theories (forthcoming, 2009). He has also published approximately forty articles in diverse professional journals and books. He is editor of the Middle Eastern Series at the State University of New York Press and the Middle East Series in Politics, History and Law at Routledge Publishers. Akhavi served as section editor for the multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, senior consultant for The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and senior editor of the multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (forthcoming, 2008). He has presented papers, public lectures, and workshop presentations at leading universities throughout the world, including Harvard University, Yale University, McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Leiden, the Free University of Berlin, the American University in Cairo, and Tehran University. His current field of research is the dialectics of scripturalist and modernist discourses in contemporary Islamic thought.
Assistant Professor, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Ibrahim Kalin is a faculty member at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. He received his B. A. from the University of Istanbul and Ph. D. from George Washington University.
Kalin has published widely on Islamic philosophy and the relations between Islam and the West. His book Knowledge in Later Islamic Philosophy: Mulla Sadra on Existence, Intellect and Intuition (Oxford, forthcoming, 2009) analyzes Mulla Sadra's attempt to recast knowledge in terms of existence and its modalities. His book Islam and the West was awarded the 2007 Writers Association of Turkey award for best book. He has contributed to several encyclopedias including MacMillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2nd Edition, Encyclopedia of Religion 2nd Edition, Biographical Encyclopedia of Islamic Philosophy and the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World.
Kalin has lectured on contemporary issues in various parts of the world and has traveled extensively in both Islamic and Western countries. Before joining Georgetown University, he was a faculty member at the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. Kalin is also the founding director of the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research based in Ankara, Turkey.
Fellow of Wadham College and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Member of the Faculties of Social Studies and Oriental Studies
University of Oxford
James Piscatori was formerly Professor in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, and Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London. Piscatori is the author of Islam in a World of Nation-States and Muslim Politics (with Dale F. Eickelman). He is the editor of Islam in the Political Process and co-editor of Muslim Travellers: Pilgrimage, Migration, and the Religious Imagination. His article, "Islam, Islamists, and the Electoral Principle" appeared as the first in a series of papers for the International Institute for the Study of the Modern Muslim World (Leiden).
Piscatori serves on the editorial boards of various journals, including: The Journal of Islamic Studies; The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs; and Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. In November 2004 he delivered the Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture of the British Academy, "Imagining Pan-Islam: Religious Activism and Political Utopias."
William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies
College of William and Mary
Tamara Sonn specializes in Islamic intellectual history and Islam in the contemporary world. Her books include A Brief History of Islam; Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History; Islam and the Question of Minorities; Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam (with J. Neusner); and Judaism and Islam in Practice (with J. Neusner and J. Brockopp). She has contributed chapters and articles to numerous books and journals, as well as the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion, and Colliers Encyclopedia. She was senior editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam and associate editor of The Islamic World Past and Present. She is also editor in chief of Religion Compass, Blackwell's online journal of religious studies, and a member of the editorial boards of the Muslim World, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and Studies in Contemporary Islam.
John O. Voll
Professor of Islamic History
Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
John O. Voll graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He taught at the University of New Hampshire for thirty years before joining Georgetown University in 1995. He is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association, and has served on the boards of a number of scholarly associations including the American Council of Learned Societies and the World History Association. He is the author of Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World; Islam and Democracy; and Makers of Contemporary Islam (co-author with John L. Esposito). He is author, editor, or co-editor of eight additional books and numerous articles and chapters on Islamic and world history.
The Library Advisory Board for Oxford Islamic Studies Online
Paul Auchterlonie is currently Librarian for Middle East Studies at the University of Exeter and Chair of the Middle East Libraries Committee (UK). Having graduated with a degree in Arabic from the University of Oxford in 1970, he studied Library Science at the University of London, and took up his first professional post in 1972 as Middle East Librarian at the University of Lancaster. In 1981, he moved to the University of Exeter, where he has been based ever since. He is a member of MELCOM (UK), of MELCOM International, and of the British Society for Middle East Studies and has served on numerous committees dealing with area studies librarianship. He is the author of several bibliographies, articles and book reviews in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
Brenda Bickett is the Bibliographer at Georgetown University Library for the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, the Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages, the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, and the Slavic Languages Department.
Ali Houissa is the Middle East and Islamic Studies Bibliographer at Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York since 1988. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington in 1988; Fachhochschule för Bibilotheks-und Dokumentationswesen, Cologne, West Germany, 1986 Ph.D.-level [Thesis: Das öffentliche Bibliothekswesen in Tunesien]. Served as an elected member of the Executive Board of the Middle East Librarians' Association of North America (MELA). Elected Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association (ALA), 2003-2006. Elected President of the MELA, 2005-2007.
William J. Kopycki has been the Middle East Bibliographer and head of Middle East Technical Services at University of Pennsylvania Libraries since 2003. William is responsible for the selection, acquisition and cataloging of library materials from and about the Middle East in support of Penn's relevant programs and research activities. He holds a Master's Degree in Arabic Literature from the American University in Cairo (1996) and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (2000). When not in the office he is usually traveling to the Middle East to acquire materials for the library and is involved in several international library projects in the region.
Mark Levine, manager of the History/Biography/Religion Division at the main branch of Brooklyn Public Library, graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in English from SUNY Albany, and received his MLS from the same institution. Previously he was the manager of two branches in the Brooklyn system. His main areas of interest and expertise are American history and comparative religion.
Kristina Ruelos received her BA and MA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the Senior Librarian of the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department of the Los Angeles Public Library.
Regional Spotlight Editors
Program Director, Department of Religion
Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf is the Regional Editor of the Southeast Asia articles set to appear on Oxford Islamic Studies Online starting in Fall 2011. He specializes in Religion with a focus on Islam in Thailand and Southeast Asia and also Muslim-Buddhist dialogue. Dr. Yusuf is currently Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In 2009–2010, he was visiting Associate Professor and Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at ACMCU, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Yusuf and Prof. John L. Esposito are the guest editors of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences – Special Issue – A Commemoration of The Life and Works of Ismail al Faruqi Vol. 28, No. 3 August 2011. His forthcoming book is Islam and Knowledge: The Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought. (London: I. B. Tauris, 2012). Dr. Yusuf was also the special Editor of The Muslim World – A Special Issue on Islam and Buddhism Vol. 100, Nos 2-3 April/July 2010. His other recent publications are Religion, Politics and Globalization – Implications for Thailand and Asia (2009); Religion and Human Development (2009). He has also contributed to The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2009); The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003); Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (2002); and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islamic World (1995).
Dr. Yusuf recently published following articles: "Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism: Quran's Attitude Towards Other Religions" Prajna Vihara Vol. 11 No. 1 January-June 2010 : 123-140; "The Role of the Chularajmontri (Shaykh al-Islam) in Resolving Ethno-religious Conflict in Southern Thailand" American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences Vol. 27 No. 1 (2010) 31-53; "Dialogue Between Islam and Buddhism through the Concepts Ummatan Wasatan (The Middle Nation) and Majjhima-Patipada (The Middle Way)" Islamic Studies 48:3 (2009) pp. 367–394; "The Thai Muslims and the Participation in the Democratic Process: The Case of 2007 Elections" Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs Vol. 29, No. 3, (2009) : 325-336; "The Southern Thailand Conflict and the Muslim World" in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs Vol. 27, No. 2 (2007) 319-339 and "Dialogue between Islam and Buddhism Through The Concepts of Tathagata and Nur Muhammadi in International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture, Vol. 5 (2005) : 103-114.
Dr. Yusuf is also a regular columnist for The Nation a Bangkok newspaper, he writes columns on Islam, the Muslim world and religion.
Randall L. Pouwels
Dr. Pouwels is the Regional Editor of the East Africa Regional Spotlight, scheduled for online publication in Spring 2012. His primary areas of research are in historical reconstruction from oral traditions, archaeology, historical linguistics, and African religious and cultural history (with particular reference to Islam). He most recently served as a Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas, and his publications include The African and Middle Eastern World, 600–1500 (Oxford, 2005), Horn and Crescent: Cultural Change and Traditional Islam on the East African Coast, 800–1900 (Cambridge, 2002), along with articles and reviews in The American Historical Review, Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines, The International Journal of African Historical Studies, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, and The Journal of African History.
Senior Researcher, Afrika-Studiecentrum, Leiden, The Netherlands
Fellow, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam & Society
Benjamin Soares (co-editor, West Africa Regional Spotlight, Fall 2012) is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies in Africa whose research focuses particularly on religious life in West Africa from the late 19th century to the present. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University and has held fellowships at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of Chicago. He has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Sussex. His publications include Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town (2005), Islam, Politics, Anthropology (edited with Filippo Osella, 2010), Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa (editor, 2006) and two edited collections with political scientist René Otayek, Islam, État et société en Afrique (2009) and Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa (2007), which will appear in Arabic translation (2012).
Heisenberg Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
Rüdiger Seesemann (co-editor, West Africa Regional Spotlight, Fall 2012) received his doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Mainz (Germany, 1993) and completed his Habilitation at the University of Bayreuth in 2004. From 2005 to 2011 he worked as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University Evanston, IL. Seesemann has done extensive research in various West and East African countries (most notably Senegal, Sudan, and Kenya) on a variety of topics including Sufism, Islam and modernity, Islam and politics, Islamism, and Islamic knowledge and education. He is the author of Ahmadu Bamba und die Entstehung der Muridiyya (Berlin: Schwarz, 1993), a monograph dealing with the founder of the Muridiyya, a Sufi order based in Senegal, and The Divine Flood: Ibrahim Niasse (1900-1975) and the Roots of a Twentieth-Century Sufi Revival (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Together with Roman Loimeier he has edited the collective volume The Global Worlds of the Swahili (Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006). Seesemann is co-editor of the book series Islam in Africa (ISAF, Brill Academic Publishers) and deputy editor of the electronic journal Islamic Africa (Northwestern University Press).
Edward E. Curtis IV
Edward E. Curtis IV is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is the author or editor of several award-winning works on Muslim American studies, including Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975 (2006), the Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States (2008), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History (2010), and Muslims in America: A Short History, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. His scholarship has also appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, American Quarterly, and Religion and American Culture.
A former NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Dr. Curtis has been awarded Carnegie, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships. He is co-founder of the Journal of Africana Religions. Since 9/11 Curtis has lectured frequently in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East on the role of Islam and Muslims in U.S. history and contemporary affairs. He has also contributed interviews and articles on the subject to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, National Public Radio, and The Immanent Frame, among other media outlets. A native of Southern Illinois, he holds a doctorate in religious studies from the University of South Africa, a master's in history from Washington University, and a B.A. in religion from Kenyon College.