Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and the Academic Development Officer at the Roshan Center for Persian Studies. His expertise is in social and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Islam in the Middle East and Southwest Asia as well as in theory and method in the study of religion. His monographs include God’s Unruly Friends (Univ. of Utah Press, 1994) a book on ascetic movements in medieval Islam and Sufism: The Formative Period a comprehensive historical overview of early Islamic mysticism published simultaneously by Edinburgh Univ. Press & Univ. of California Press, 2007. He served as an editor for, and wrote several articles in, Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992). His current book projects includeThe Flowering of Sufism as well as Vernacular Islam: Everyday Religious Life in Medieval Iran and Anatolia (11th-15th Centuries). Professor Karamustafa has held several administrative positions including the directorship of the Religious Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the co-chair of the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion, 2008 -2011.