Asma Afsaruddin is a professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her academic specialties include the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur’anic hermeneutics, hadith, and gender studies. After she received her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from Johns Hopkins University, she taught at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. She is the author and editor of seven books, including Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Contemporary Issues in Islam (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Her research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the American Research Institute of Turkey, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which named her a Carnegie scholar in 2005. She is the current chair of the board of directors of The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, D.C. and a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Religion.