IRFAN AHMAD is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Politics in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, Australia, where he helps lead the Centre for Islam and the Modern World. He is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami (Princeton University Press, 2009; Permanent Black, 2010).
ARSHAD ALAM teaches at the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
GREG BARTON is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University and is acting Director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World. He is the author of Abdurrahman Wahid, Muslim Democrat, Indonesian President: A View From the Inside (UNSW Press & University of Hawai’i Press, 2002) and Indonesia’s Struggle: Jemaah Islamiyah and the Soul of Islam (UNSW Press, 2004). His latest book, Islam’s Other Nation: Faith in a Democratic Indonesia, will be published by Black Inc. in 2011.
SABYASACHI BHATTACHARYA was formerly Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is currently Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research.
JOHN H. BOWLES recently curated an exhibition and authored a catalogue, Painted Songs & Stories: They Hybrid Flowerings of Contemporary Pardhan Gond Art for Wellesley College’s Davis Museum. He has contributed to various journals, including Temenos Academy Review and Marg.
URVASHI BUTALIA is a writer and publisher, and Director of Zubaan.
J.M.BUTT is a British convert to Islam. He graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband in the early 1980s, since when he has worked in the media, mainly in Afghanistan. He now divides his time between the UK, where he is Muslim Chaplain at Cambridge University, and Afghanistan, where he runs an Islamic University—Jamiyat’al-Uloom’al-Islamiya—in the east of the country.
ANIRUDH DESHPANDE is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi. He is the author of Class, Power and Consciousness in Hindi Cinema (Primus Books, 2009) and British Military Policy in India, 1900-1945: Colonial Constraints and Declining Power (Manohar, 2005).
MAHMOOD FAROOQUI has just published Besieged, Voices from Delhi, 1857 (Penguin/ Viking) and performs dastaangoi.
TANWEER FAZAL teaches at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
SHOHINI GHOSH is Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
DIPANKAR GUPTA retired as Professor of Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and is currently a Senior Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.
TABISH KHAIR’S latest books are the novel, The Thing About Thugs, and the poetry collection, Man of Glass (both by HarperCollins, August 2010).
ZAFARUL -ISLAM KHAN is an alumnus of Al-Azhar and Cairo universities and has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Manchester University. He is the editor of The Milli Gazette.
MRIDULA KOSHY is the author of If It Is Sweet (Tranquebar Press, 2009), a collection of short stories. The book won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Prize.
AMITAVA KUMAR is an author, most recently, of Evidence of Suspicion (Picador India). He is Professor of English at Vassar College.
NANDINI LAL is a Washington DC-based writer, editor and critic.
INDER MALHOTRA is a former editor of The Times of India and a syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is both a Nehru Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and author of four books, including a biography of Indira Gandhi (Hodder Stoughton, 1989).
RUKMINI BHAYA NAIR is Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and, currently, Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. Her latest book is Poetry in a Time of Terror: Essays in the Postcolonial Preternatural (Oxford University Press, New Delhi and New York, 2010).
CHANDAK SENGOOPTA is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London and divides his time between the History of Science and Indian Cultural History. He is the author of Imprint of the Raj: How Fingerprinting was Born in Colonial India (2003) and is working on a comprehensive new biography of Satyajit Ray.
YOGINDER SIKAND works with the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the National Law School, Bangalore. He has worked on issues related to Muslims and Islam in South Asia, and has written over a dozen books on the subject.
HARLEEN SINGH is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University.
SALMAN SAYYID is Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Thinking through Islamophobia.
SALIL TRIPATHI is columnist at Mint and contributing editor at Caravan. He is the author of Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull) and currently completing a collection of travel essays to be published by Tranquebar, and co-writing a book on the Satyam scandal for Westland. He is on the Board of the English PEN.
JUMOKE VERISSIMO is the author of I Am Memory. She writes from Lagos, Nigeria.
B.VIKRAM is a journalist based in Kolkata.