Peter Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and Education Specialist at the East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His work with ASDP over the past twenty years has centered on designing and conducting faculty- and institutional-development programs aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. As part of the EWC Education Program, he has collaborated in designing and hosting international leadership programs and research seminars that examine the relationship among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his main research work has focused on using Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on contemporary issues of global concern. His books include: Liberating Intimacy: Enlightenment and Social Virtuosity in Ch’an Buddhism (1996); Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (1999); Chan Buddhism (2005); Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (2006); Changing Education: Leadership, Innovation and Development in a Globalizing Asia Pacific (edited, 2007); Educations and their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures (edited, 2008); Valuing Diversity: Buddhist Reflection on Realizing a More Equitable Global Future (2012); Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction (2014); and Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence (edited, 2015).
Nelly van Doorn-Harder teaches Islamic Studies at Wake Forest University and at the Center for Islamic Theology (CIT), the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the Middle East with a focus on Indonesian Islam and Christian minorities, especially where it concerns women’s organizations and their production of Islamic hermeneutics. Furthermore, she is involved in several projects that explore issues of religious freedom and interfaith engagement. An edited volume in Indonesian on the topic of Freedom of Religion at the Grassroots is forthcoming in early 2017.
Currently, she is co-directing a research project that focuses on the role of women in interreligious dialogue and peaceful co-existence in Indonesia, looking at two grassroots organizations—Komnas Perempuan, or Komisi Nasional Anti Kekerasan terhadap Perempuan (National Committee against Violence against Women), and the Koalisi Perempuan untuk Keadilan dan Demokrasi (Women’s Coalition for Justice and Democracy)—to learn how they negotiate religious differences when addressing violence against women (e.g., domestic violence), legal pluralism, and poverty.
Her publications include: Women Shaping Islam. Indonesian Muslim Women Reading the Qur’an (University of Illinois Press, 2006); “Polygamy and Harmonious Families:
Indonesian Debates on Gender and Marriage,” in Susanne Schröter (ed.), Women
and Gender in Southeast Asia (Leiden: Brill, 2013); “Une nouvelle génération féministe au sein de
l’islam traditionaliste: une exception indonésienne ?’ with Andree
Feillard, REMMM 128, (January 2011) 113-127; and “Translating
Text to Context: Muslim Women Activists in Indonesia,” in Masooda Bano and
Hilary Kalmbach (eds), Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in
Contemporary Islamic Authority. (Brill Publishers, 2011).
is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and
International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and previously taught
at Harvard and Notre Dame universities.
She is the author and editor of seven books, including Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh
University Press, 2015); the award-winning Striving
in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought (Oxford
University Press, 2013); and The First Muslims:
History and Memory (OneWorld Publications 2008), which has been translated
Professor Afsaruddin is currently a member of the academic council of the Prince al-Waleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington DC. She was previously the Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary (2012) and a visiting scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2003). She has also been a fellow with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) based in Cairo and the American Research Institute of Turkey (ARIT) based in Istanbul. She has served on a number of editorial boards, including, most recently, of the Oxford Encyclopedia on Islam and Women (2013) and the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2008). Afsaruddin lectures widely on various aspects of Islamic thought in the US, Europe, and the Middle East and has served as a consultant for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life as well as a number of other governmental and non-governmental agencies. Her research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which named her a Carnegie Scholar in 2005.
Muhamad Ali is an Indonesian scholar of Islamic studies in the United States. He is currently an associate professor in Islamic Studies at the Religious Studies Department and is the faculty member of Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual, and Performance Program; and the director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, University of California, Riverside (UCR). He earned a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the State Institute for Islamic Studies, Jakarta; an MM-CAAE from the University of Indonesia and Universite Grenoble, France; an M.Sc. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Edinburgh University, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, U.S.A. Dr. Ali has published books, essays, and chapters on topics related to Islam, including as jihad,violence and peace, gender, interfaith dialog and global education, Indonesian Muslims’ perceptions of Judaism and Jews, Indonesian Islamic liberal movements, and a modern history of Southeast Asia.
Bruce B. Lawrence is Marcus Family Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University and adjunct Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakf University, Istanbul. His research interests include: Religious Ideology; Comparative History; South Asian Sufism; Islamic Cosmopolitanism; the Multiple Roles and Uses of the Qur’an. In addition to his translation, Morals for the Heart (Paulist Press, 1992), other recent books include: Sufi Martyrs of Love (with Carl Ernst; Palgrave, 2002); The Qur’an – a Biography (Grove/Atlantic, 2006); and Who is Allah? (UNC/EUP Press, 2015). His next monograph, The Koran in English - A Biography, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press (2017).
He is also co-editor, with Vincent Cornell, of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality (2017).
Ebrahim Moosa (Ph.D. University of Cape Town 1995) is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in the Department of History at Notre Dame University. Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town, as well as a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in the fall of 2014, he taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University for 13 years, as well as at the University of Cape Town (1989-1998) and Stanford University (1998-2001).
As a senior faculty member in Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, Moosa is also a leading member of the research and education initiative on Global Religion and Human Development that explores interactions among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. He is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination (2006), winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions, and more recently of Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges (2010), Islam in the Modern World (2014), The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring (2015) and What is a Madrasa? (2015).
Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell
University (USA), where he primarily teaches Southeast Asian Studies. He is the author of The Longest Journey;
Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford, 2013) and Secret Trades,
Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier,
1865-1915 (Yale, 2005), which won the Harry Benda Prize from the Association of
Asian Studies (AAS) in 2007. He is also
the editor or co-editor of nine other books: Southeast Asia and the Middle East:
Islam, Movement, and the Longue Duree (Stanford, 2009); Clio/Anthropos:
Exploring the Boundaries Between History and Anthropology (Stanford, 2009); The
Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke, 2009); Chinese
Circulations: Capital, Commodities and Networks in Southeast Asia (Duke, 2011);
Burmese Lives: Ordinary Life Stories Under the Burmese Regime (Oxford, 2014);
Producing Indonesia: The State of the Field of Indonesian Studies (Cornell,
2014); Asia Inside Out: Changing Times (Harvard, 2015); Asia Inside Out:
Connected Places (Harvard, 2016); and The Hajj: Pilgrimage in Islam (Cambridge,
2016). He is the Director of the
Comparative Muslim Societies Program at Cornell, the Director of the Cornell
Modern Indonesia Project, and editor of the journal INDONESIA.