Dr. Sherman A. Jackson is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, Wayne State University and was recently offered a full professorship at Stanford University. From 1987-89, he served as Executive Director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to numerous articles, he is author of Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî (E.J. Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002), Islam and Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (Oxford, 2005), and, most recently, Islam & The Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009). He is co-founder of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), a former member of the Fiqh Council of North America, past president of the Sharî‘ah Scholars’ Association of North America (SSANA) and a past trustee of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). He is featured on the Washington Post-Newsweek blog, “On Faith,” and is listed by Religion Newswriters Foundation’s ReligionLink as among the top ten experts on Islam in America.