Ismail Fajrie Alatas is an assistant professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and History at New York University. He holds a doctorate in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MA in History from the National University of Singapore, and a BA (hons) in History from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has written extensively in English and Indonesian on Sufism, the Hadrami diaspora in Southeast Asia, and Islamic religious authority. He has published several research articles in, among others, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journal of Islamic Studies, Die Welt des Islams, Studia Islamika, Indonesia and the Malay World. He has also been invited to write several entries related to Hadrami Sufism for the Encyclopedia of Islam. Apart from these publications, he has authored three books in Indonesian on Sufism, sainthood, and Islamic epistemology.