Kazim Abdullaev is director of research at the Institute of Archaeology, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Samarqand. His publications include Images et cultes de l'Occident dans l'Orient hellenise: Heracles en Asie Centrale et dans l'Inde du Nord-Ouest (Images and Cults of the West in the Hellenistic East: Hercules in Central Asia and in Northwest India) (Diffusion de Boccard, 2007); Nomad Migration in Central Asia (Oxford University Press, 2007); and The Nomads and City Walls (Brepols, in press). His field of research is the archaeology and art of Central Asia during the Hellenistic and the post-Hellenistic periods.
Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is assistant professor of political sociology at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has published in journals such as The Journal of Peasant Studies, Contemporary South Asia, and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. His recent publications include "Pakistan: Crisis of a Frontline State" in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. He is currently working on a book, "The Politics of Common Sense."
Sabri Ateş is an assistant professor of history at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He received his PhD in 2006 from the Departments of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History, New York University. He is the author of Tunalı Hilmi Bey Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyete Bir Aydın (Tunalı Hilmi Bey: An Intellectual from the Empire to the Republic) (Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2009) and has written articles on the Ottoman archives as a source of Iranian history and on Turkish orientalism. He wrote the article in this issue while he was a senior residential fellow at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul, and was also supported by the American Research Institute in Turkey and Southern Methodist University. He is currently completing his book on the transformation of the Ottoman-Iranian frontier into a boundary.
Ipsita Chatterjee is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on globalization, neoliberalism, violence, Hindu-Muslim conflict, urban renewal, and class and class struggle. Her work has been published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Geoforum, Gender, Place and Culture, and International Journal of Conflict Management, among others.
Soma Chaudhuri is an assistant professor jointly with the Department of Sociology and the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on collective violence, gender, deviant behavior, social movements, and witch hunts, with special emphasis on gender. At present she is working on a book on contemporary witch hunts among the tea plantation workers in India (under contract with Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc).
Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the associate director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book is Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (I. B. Tauris, 2009).
Carl W. Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. His recent book, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), has received several international awards. He is William R. Kenan Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina. [End Page 667]
Benjamin C. Fortna is head of the history department and senior lecturer in the Modern History of the Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London. He has published Imperial Classroom: Islam, Education, and the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Oxford University Press, 2002) and a number of articles. His book Learning to Read in the Late Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic (Palgrave Macmillan) is forthcoming.
Patrizia Granziera is a full-time professor of art history at the University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her research focuses on the iconography of gardens and landscapes and on the divine feminine. She has published widely on these topics in journals such as Journal of Intercultural Studies, Garden History, Landscape Research, World Christianity, and Estudios de...