Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is associate editor of the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, author of Contemporary Islam and the Challenge of History, and coeditor of The Muslims of America.
Jane Idleman Smith is professor of history of religions and vice-president and dean of academic affairs at Iliff School of Theology, Denver. She is the author of The Concept "Islam" in the History of Our'anic Exegesis and the editor of Women in Contemporary Muslim Society. The two are coauthors of The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection.