Jamillah Karim is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Spellman College. She obtained her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Duke University and specializes in Islam in America, women and Islam, African American Islam, and Islam and culture. She continues to research, write, and lecture on her dissertation topic, "Negotiating Race and Class in the American Ummah: African American and South Asian Women in Chicago and Atlanta." Dr. Karim was raised in an Atlanta Muslim community in association with Imam W.D. Mohammed.