Dr. Sherman Jackson is professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. His areas of specialization are Islamic law and theology. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania between 1982 to 1990. He has broad teaching experience, having taught at Wayne State University, Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin, American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Middlebury College. He has also received numerous fellowships and awards and has served as interim president of the Shari'ah Scholars Association of North America and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the North American Islamic Trust, as well as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Islamic Teaching Center, a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is the author of Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihab al-Din al-Qarafi and On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Faysal al-Tafriqa, as well as numerous articles on Islamic law, theology and, more recently, Islam in America. He speaks classical Arabic, Egyptian, Levantine, and Saudi Arabian dialects, and has a reading knowledge of French, German, and Persian.