Kecia Ali is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Boston University. Her research ranges from Islam’s formative period to the present, and focuses on Islamic law; gender and sexuality; and religious biography. She is the author of several books including The Lives of Muhammad and Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence. Her work explores the complex intertwining of Muslim and Western norms about gender, sexuality, and marriage. Her current projects include an introductory book on women in Muslim traditions and a study of the gender politics of academic Islamic Studies. She also writes on ethics and popular fiction.