Farah El-Sharif is a scholar of contemporary Islam and Islamic intellectual history. She received her PhD from Harvard University, where her dissertation was on the most widely disseminated Islamic text in 19th century West Africa. Farah’s academic interests lie in Islamic scholarship from Africa and the Middle East, modern thought, epistemology, the nation state and the intersection of Islamic law and Sufism. She received her Master’s degrees in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has done research in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Senegal.