Martin Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Islamic Religious Traditions in the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University. His areas of research include the Qur’an and its exegesis (tafsīr), Muslim theology, Sufism, and Islamic history and his work has often entailed extensive manuscript work. Martin received his B.A. in Religious Studies and History from the University of Virginia and then went on to earn a Masters of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from the Harvard Divinity School. Following this, he joined the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University where he completed a joint-program Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies and History. His book Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abu’l-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lata’if al-isharat (Oxford University Press, 2012) explores the confluence of Qur’anic exegesis, theology, and Sufism in the life of al-Qushayri, a prominent mystic and scholar of 5th/11th century Nishapur.
Kiran Tahir is an independent archival researcher. She graduated from Long Island University in the Spring of 2011 with a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science. Kiran interned at the Barnard College Archives where she was responsible for processing two related collections on the black student organization at Barnard. She was also briefly at the Hunter College Zabar Art Library helping to build their online art database. Currently, she is working as an administrator for the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and also serves as an independent consultant assisting researchers and scholars with archival research. She is especially interested in archiving the history of Islam and Muslims in the United States.