Malek Abisaab is an assistant professor of history at McGill University, Montreal, where he teaches courses dealing with the social and political transformation of the Middle East and women in Islamic societies, exploring new conceptual tools and comparative frameworks for discussing gender, labor, and the nation-state in the Middle East. He is the author of Militant Women of a Fragile Nation (Syracuse University Press, 2009) and coauthor, with Rula Jurdi Abisaab, of The Shi'ites of Modern Lebanon (Stanford University Press, 2009).
Tariq Amin-Khan is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of "The Rise of Militant Islam and the Security State in the Era of the Long War," published in Third World Quarterly (June 2009), and is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Theorizing the Post-colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalism."
Yeşim Bayar is an assistant professor of sociology at Concordia University. Her primary research interests are processes of nation building, nationalism, and citizenship.
Ali Çarkoğlu is a professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul, and a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) for the 2008-9 academic year. His research interests are comparative politics, voting behavior, public opinion, and party politics in Turkey. His most recent book, coauthored with Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, is The Rising Tide of Conservatism in Turkey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Purnima Dhavan is an assistant professor of history at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has written several essays on Sikh history, gender, and literary traditions, most recently "Redemptive Pasts and Imperiled Futures: The Writing of a Sikh History" (Sikh Formations 3 (2007): 111-24). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "From Sparrows to Hawks: The Creation of Eighteenth-Century Khalsa Culture."
Sinem Gürbey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research interests include theories of power, sovereignty and states of exception and the relationship between modern forms of subjectivity, secular legitimacy, and religion in the nation-state with an emphasis on Turkey.
Deana Heath is a lecturer in South Asian and world history at Trinity College, Dublin. Her work places South Asia in broader comparative, transnational, and global contexts, focusing on issues of imperialism and colonialism, modernity and governmentality, sexuality and the body, and communalism and violence. She has two forthcoming books, Purifying Empire:Obscenity and the Politics of Moral Regulation in Britain, India, and Australia (Cambridge University Press) and, coedited with Chandana Mathur, "Communalism and Globalisation: South Asian Perspectives."
Metin Heper is a professor of political science at Bilkent University in Ankara and a founding member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. He is the author of The State Tradition in Turkey (Eothen, 1985), Historical Dictionary of Turkey, 3rd ed. (Scarecrow, 2009), İsmet İnönü: The Making of a Turkish Statesman (Leiden, 1998), and The State and Kurds in Turkey: The Question of Assimilation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Alireza Korangy is an assistant professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on Classical Persian and Classical Arabic literatures, poetics, and literary criticism, with a special emphasis on the labyrinth poet Khaqani Shirvani. He has also done extensive research on contemporary Iranian linguistics with a special attention to folklore. [End Page 588]
Yasuyuki Matsunaga is an associate professor of comparative politics at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan. He received his PhD from New York University in 2006, completing his dissertation "Struggles for Democratic Consolidation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1979-2004." He is also the author of "Mohsen Kadivar, an Advocate of Postrevivalist Islam in Iran" (British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, December 2007).
Esra Özyürek is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She wrote Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey (Duke University Press, 2006) and edited Politics of Public Memory in Turkey (Syracuse University Press, 2007). Currently, she is working on a project about German converts...