Leila Ahmed is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, which she joined in 1999 as the first professor of women's studies in religion. Previously she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the women's studies program (where she served as the program's director from 1992 to 1995) and in Near Eastern studies. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo in 1993, and in 1996-97 she was Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, where she was elected to life membership in 1997. Her many publications include Women and Gender in Islam (Yale University Press, 1992) and A Border Passage (Penguin, 2000).
Janet A. Alexanian is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her main interests include media, emergent Iranian publics, and how the pivotal distinction between "public" and "private" is reworked at the intersection of immigration and cyberspace. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Abdullahi A. An-Na'im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Before joining the law school faculty in 1995, he served as executive director of Human Rights Watch/Africa from 1993 to 1995. He is the author of numerous articles and books on human rights, constitutionalism, and Islamic law and politics, including Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (Zed, 2002) and Human Rights under African Constitutions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). He is currently working on a book manuscript on the future of Sharia, in support of pluralism, human rights, and equal citizenship by ensuring separation of Islam and the state, while recognizing and regulating the role of Islam in politics.
Vivek Bhandari is an associate professor of history and South Asian studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has conducted research on the historical impact of print in South Asia, and his writings address, broadly, the relationship between modern forms of knowledge and the construction of sociopolitical identity, especially as it pertains to democratic practices and institutions.
Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Professor in the philosophy and political science departments at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a law degree from the University of Munich and a PhD in political science from Duke University. He has been teaching at Notre Dame since 1978. During 1991-92 he was in India on a Fulbright research grant. Among his recent publications are Alternative Visions: Paths in the Global Village (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998); Achieving Our World: Toward a Global and Plural Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001); Dialogue among Civilizations: Some Exemplary Voices (Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2002); Peace Talks—Who Will Listen? (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004); and Small Wonder: Global Power and Its Discontents (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).
Mervat F. Hatem is a professor of political science at Howard University. Her substantive research interests include gender and politics in the Middle East and feminist critiques of international relations. She has published articles in journals including Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Middle East Reports, Arab Studies Journal, Feminist Studies, Feminist Issues, Women's Studies International Forum, JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and Islamic Societies, and MIT EJMES. Her latest publication dealing with international issues and concerns is titled "U.S. Discourses on the War on Terrorism in the U.S. and Its Views of the Arab, Muslim, and Gendered 'Other,'" Arab Studies Journal (2004).
Leila Hudson is an assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, history, and anthropology at the University of Arizona. She works on publicness and privacy in the modern and contemporary Middle East, especially Syria. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Islamic Studies and Middle East Policy as well as the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Culture. [End Page 160]
Ali Mirsepassi is the interim dean of the Gallatin School and professor of Middle Eastern studies at New York University. He has published in journals such as Contemporary Sociology, Radical History, Social Text, and Nepantla. He is the author of Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of...