Ali S. Asani
is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University. His research focuses on Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia. His books include The Bujh Niranjan: An Ismaili Mystical Poem; The Harvard Collection of Ismaili Literature in Indic Languages: A Descriptive Catalog and Finding Aid; Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Muslim Devotional Poetry (co-author); and Ecstasy and Enlightenment: The Ismaili Devotional Literatures of South Asia. He is a recipient of the Harvard Foundation medal for his outstanding contributions to improving intercultural and race relations as well as Harvard’s Petra C. Shattuck prize for excellence in teaching.
is a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a member of the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC), École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. She is currently completing a book on Sufism in Egypt in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her published works include Le soufisme à l’époque ottomane/Sufism in the Ottoman Era, with Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen; Le soufisme au quotidien: Confréries d’Égypte au XXe siècle; Le saint et son milieu, with Denis Gril; and Sufism, Literary Production and Printing in the Nineteenth Century,with Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen and Rüdiger Seesemann.
Marta Dominguez Diaz
(BA Barcelona, MA & PhD SOAS, London), is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies (Anthropology) at the University of St Gallen, and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna. Her research interests include North African Sufism, Islam in Europe and cultural identities and minorities in North Africa. Her main research focus is the exploration of religious identities in the Qadiriyya-Budshishiyya, on which she has published academic articles and a monograph, Women in Sufism: Female Religiosities in a Transnational Order (Routledge). She is now finishing her second monograph on the ethnogenesis of Tunisia’s Arab Andalusians, Tunisia’s Andalusians: The Cultural Identity of a North African Minority (Edinburgh University Press).
Carl W. Ernst
is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. His research and publications, based on the study of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, have been mainly devoted to the study of three areas: general and critical issues of Islamic studies, premodern and contemporary Sufism, and Indo-Muslim culture. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He studied comparative religion at Stanford University (AB 1973) and Harvard University (PhD 1981), and is now William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
is Director of the Islamic World Studies program at Loyola University Chicago. Her co-edited volumes include Religion and Violence: Muslim and Christian Theological and Pedagogical Reflections (2017), Islam, Religion, and Pluralism in Europe (2016), and Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians (2013) (each with Ednan Aslan). Other books are Shah Wali Allah’s Treatises on Islamic Law (2010) and The Conclusive Argument from God: Shāh Walī Allāh of Delhi’s Ḥujjat Allāh al-Bāligha (1996). Dr. Hermansen has contributed numerous academic articles in the fields of Islamic thought, Sufism, Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Muslims in America, and Women and Gender in Islam.
is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and Principal Investigator of a research project on Islamic Studies at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia. His research interests include Islamic Mysticism (Sufism), Quranic Studies, the history of Muslim theological, philosophical and juridical thought and Islamic/Islamist movements in comparative perspective. He has numerous academic publications on these subjects, including nine books. Since 2006, he has served as section editor for “Sufism” on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Islam, Third Edition (E.J. Brill, Leiden and Boston). He is also Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islamic Mysticism and the Handbook Series of Sufi Studies published by E.J. Brill, Leiden and Boston.
Bruce B. Lawrence
(PhD, History of Religions, Yale University, 1972) taught at Duke for 40 years until he retired in 2011 as Marcus Family Humanities Professor of Religion. He is also Professor of Islamic Studies Emeritus, specializing in premodern Islam, South Asian Sufism, and Islamicate cosmopolitans. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Istanbul. Among his nineteen books are two recent monographs: Who is Allah? (UNC Press, 2015) and The Koran in English: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2017). He is co-editing, along with Vincent J. Cornell (Emory), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality (forthcoming, 2020).
is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Erfurt. A member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vienna, and the Fellow Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, UK, he works on Islam in South Asia and Muslims in Europe. He has published widely on Islamic education, religious pluralism, Sufism and the mobilization of religion. His last monograph is Islam in South Asia (Brill 2008 and Orient Blackswan 2012). Together with Itzchak Weismann (Haifa), he is co-editing Politics of Da‘wa: Islamic Preaching in the Modern World (forthcoming).
is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Copenhagen and manages its research centre “Many Roads in Modernity: South-east Europe and its Ottoman Roots” (modernity.ku.dk). Her publications include the monograph The Book and the Roses: Sufi Women, Visibility and Zikr in Contemporary Istanbul (2002) and the co-edited volumes Religion, Politics, and Turkey’s EU Accession (with Dietrich Jung, 2008); Sufism Today: Heritage and Tradition in the Global Community (with Leif Steinberg, 2009); and Rethinking the Space for Religion: New Actors in Central and Southeast Europe (with Krzysztof Stala and Trine Stauning Willert, 2012). Most recently she published Islam: An Introduction (2015) and edited Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past: History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World (2016).
is Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. He was born in England, trained as a historian, and taught for twenty years at the American University in Cairo. He works on religious and political history, with an emphasis on Sufism and terrorism. His most recent publication is Western Sufism: From the Abbasids to the New Age (Oxford University Press, 2016).
is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. His research interests include Sufism (in both medieval and modern times), mysticism and modernity, comparative mysticism, and Persian literature. He received his BSc in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran), MA in Islamic Mysticism (Iran), and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Erfurt (Germany, funded by DAAD). His publications include Practical Mysticism in Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Study of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Meister Eckhart (Routledge, 2016) and Sufism in Western Contexts (co-editor with Marcia Hermansen, Brill, forthcoming).