About the Professor
Professor Asma Afsaruddin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Department of Classics
Asma Afsaruddin is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Classics and previously taught at Harvard University. Her fields of specialization are the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur'an and hadith studies, Islamic intellectual history, and gender. Among other publications, she is the author of Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002) and of the forthcoming The First Muslims: A Short History (Oxford: OneWorld Publications, 2007), and the editor of Hermaneutics and Honor: Negotiation of Female "Public" Space in Islamic/ate Societies (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1999). She has also written over fifty research articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on various aspects of Islamic thought and has lectured widely in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Afsaruddin serves on the editorial boards of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Islamic World and the MESA Bulletin (Cambridge University Press). Among her current research projects is a book-length manuscript about competing perspectives on and martyrdom in pre-modern and modern Islamic thought. Her research has won funding from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, among others.