Project Guest Editor: Majid Daneshgar

Majid DaneshgarMajid Daneshgar (PhD) is Research Associate in the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was also lecturer of Islamic Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he was nominated for the Most Inclusive Teacher Award in 2015. Majid received the Auckland Library Heritage Trust Scholarship in 2017 with which he compiled the Catalogue of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Materials across New Zealand. He is also alumnus of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg. His research interests pertain to critical thinking, method and theory in the study of Islam, and the connection between Islamic intellectual and exegetical progress in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as Malay Islamic studies. Majid’s main volumes are Tantawi Jawhari and the Qur'an: Tafsir and Social Concerns in the Twentieth Century, The Qur’an in the Malay-Indonesian World: Context and Interpretation, and Islamic Studies Today: Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin.

POP Guest Editor: Sassan Tabatabai

Sassan TabatabaiSassan Tabatabai is a scholar of  medieval Persian literature. Before joining Boston University’s World Languages & Literatures department full-time to teach Persian, for many years he taught the humanities course sequence in the Core Curriculum.  Professor Tabatabai is also a writer, poet, translator and  editor whose  work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Literary  Imagination, The Republic of Letters, Senecca Review and Leviathan  Quarterly. He is the author of Father of Songs: Rudaki and His Poetry (Rozenberg/Purdue University Press, 2008). He is Poetry Editor of The Republic of Letters and has acted as the faculty advisor for the Core Journal, the annual literary journal of the Core Curriculum. Other than his  interest in  academia, professor Tabatabai is an avid scuba diver who  has experience diving  with sharks. Also a former amateur boxer, he is  currently a licensed coach with  the US Amateur Boxing Federation.