About our contributors:
Aaron Y. Zelin:
Aaron Y. Zelin is a research associate for a professor in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He received his M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University this past May. His master’s thesis was on the intellectual origins of al-Qaeda’s ideology that attempted to provide a more interdisciplinary approach to understanding the phenomenon in the broad sweep of Islamic history and mainly drew upon primary sources.
His main research interests include the intellectual history and trends in jihadism and salafism, jihadi groups, Qur’anic studies and its sciences, jihadi media, Yemen, and Tunisia. He has lived in Egypt and Morocco as well as visited Israel twice.
Email: azelin [at] jihadology [dot] net
Alex Thurston is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. His research concentrates on Islam in Northern Nigeria. He writes about politics and religion in the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa at Sahel Blog.
Email: alexseminal [at] gmail [dot] com
Andrew Lebovich is a PhD student in African History at Columbia University in the City of New York. His research focuses on Islamic reformist movements and political, social, and commercial ties between North and West Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is also a Visiting Fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations and a History in Action Research Associate with the Social Science Research Council. He has lived, worked, and conducted field research in Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.
Email: andrew [dot] Lebovich [at] gmail [dot] com
Christopher Anzalone is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. His primary research interests are modern Muslim socio-political movements, Shi‘i Islam, radical Sunni Islamism, often called “jihadi,” and political artwork in the Middle East and wider Muslim world. He has been fortunate to have traveled and/or studied in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories and to have contributed articles to several academic encyclopedias including the Encyclopedia of the Modern World and Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (Oxford University Press), the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (Princeton University Press), and The Middle East: History, Religion, Culture (M.E. Sharpe/Golson Media).
Email: ibnsiqilli [at] gmail [dot] com