Asma Afsaruddin’s fields of specialization are the religious and political thought of Islam, Qur’an and hadith, Islamic intellectual history, and gender. She is Professor of Islamic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Afsaruddin is the author of The First Muslims: History and Memory (2008); Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (2002); the editor of Hermaneutics and Honor: Negotiation of Female “Public” Space in Islamic/ate Societies(1999), and co-editor of Humanism, Culture, and Language in the Near East : Essays in Honor of Georg Krotkoff (1997). She has also written over fifty research articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries exploring issues as diverse as pluralism and dialogue in the Qur’an, moderation in Islamic thought, war and peace in Islam, political Islam, hadith criticism, roles of Muslim women, and inter-faith relations.
Afsaruddin is currently a senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women and an advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life for the project “Global Survey of Muslims.” Her current book on jihad and martyrdom in Islamic thought and practice, research for which was funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.