Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University, USA

Asma Afsaruddin is professor of Islamic Studies and Chair in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures and adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies in Indiana University (USA).

Previously she was associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and fellow of Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and also she was lecturer on Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the Harvard University.

Asma Afsaruddin is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam, senior editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, member of editorial board of the Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association and Democracy, advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life for the project «Global Survey of Muslims», member of the Shura Council of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality and serves on the advisory board of Karamah, a human and women's rights organization, and on the advisory committee of the Muslim World Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace.

Asma Afsaruddin’s fields of specialization include the religious and political thought of Islam, study of the primary Islamic texts as well as gender studies. She also frequently consults with US governmental and private agencies on contemporary Islamic movements, inter-faith, and gender issues.

She is the author and editor of six books, including The First Muslims: History and Memory (2008); Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (2002); and Hermeneutics and Honor: Negotiating Female “Public” Space in Islamicate Societies (1999). She has also written numerous articles and essays on pluralism and moderation in Islamic thought, inter-faith relations, war and peace in Islam, and gender in scholarly and popular publications.