STEFANO ALLIEVI is a Professor in Sociology at the University of Padua. He specializes on migration issues and in the sociology of religion and cultural change, and has particularly focused his studies and research on the presence of Islam in and the religious pluralization of Europe. He has written numerous works on these topics, among them: Muslim Networks and Transnational Communities in and across Europe (edited withJ. S. Nielsen) (Brill, 2003); Muslims in the Enlarged Europe: Religion and Society (edited with B. Maréchal, F. Dassetto, andJ. S. Nielsen) (Brill, 2003). He is also the author of Les convertis a l'islam. Les nouveaux musulmans d'Europe (L'Harmattan, 1998).
MARGOT BADRAN is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, is currently Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Religion and Preceptor at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Her main publications include Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt (Princeton University Press, 1995); and, with M. Cooke, Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing (Indiana University Press, 1990/2004).
NICOLE BOURQUE is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Glasgow. Her main research interests center on religious change and the role religion plays in everyday life. Her research has focused on religious rituals, festivals, and pilgrimage in Ecuador and Bolivia. Her recent research interest is religious conversion to Islam in Britain. She has published several articles on conversion, among them: “Doing Anthropology in Your Own Backyard: The Experience of Doing Fieldwork amongst Converts to Islam in Glasgow,” in Anthropology in Action 4 (3): 47–51 (1998), and “Being British and Muslim: Dual Identity amongst New and Young Muslims,” in University Lectures in Islamic Studies, ed. Alan Jones, pp. 2:1–18 (London: Altajir World of Islam Trust, 1998).