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Bio of Tamara Sonn

Dr. Tamara Sonn ( is the Kenan Professor of Religion and Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary. She has a B.A. in Philsoophy from the University of Santa Clara, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her areas of specialization are Islamic intellectual history and Islam in the contemporary world.

Professor Sonn's books include Between Qur'an and Crown: The Challenge of Political Legitimacy in the Arab World (Westview, 1990), Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History (Oxford, 1996), Islam and the Question of Minorities (Scholars Press, 1996), and Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam (with J. Neusner; Routledge, 1999), and Judaism and Islam in Practice (with J. Neusner and J. Brockopp; Routledge, 2000). She has contributed chapters and articles to numerous books and journals, as well as the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and Colliers Encyclopedia. Dr. Sonn has lectured in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

She has received grants from the United States Institute of Peace and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, former vice president of the Eastern Division of the American Academy of Religion, and associate editor of the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Muslim World and the American Journal for Islamic Social Science.







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