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John R. Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. His books include Blaming Islam (MIT Press 2012), Can Islam Be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State (Princeton UP 2009), Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves (Princeton UP 2007), and Islam, Law and Equality in Indonesia (Cambridge UP 2003). Dr. Bowen’s current research focuses on comparative social studies of Islam across the world. His own ethnographic studies take place in Indonesia, France, and England, but he works with students and colleagues with field sites across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Dr. Bowen’s work analyses how Muslims (judges and scholars, public figures, ordinary people) work across plural sources of norms and values, including diverse interpretations of the Islamic tradition, law codes and decisions, and local social norms.
Dr. Peter Mandaville is Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Associate at George Mason University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. From 2011-12 he served in government as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. Previous affiliations include the Pew Research Center, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has testified before congress on political Islam and consulted widely on contemporary Muslim world affairs for the government, nonprofits, and media. He is the author of Global Political Islam (Routledge, 2007) and Reimagining the Umma: Transnational Muslim Politics (Routledge, 2001) as well as the co-editor of several volumes of essays–most recently Politics From Afar: Transnational Diasporas & Networks (Columbia University Press, 2012). His research has been supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pew Research. His interests include the political economy of Islamic activism, the role of emerging powers in the developing world, and post-Western international relations.