Professor Souad T. Ali is Head of Classics and Middle Eastern Studies and Founding Chair of the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is also Professor of Arabic Literature and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University, USA. A Fulbright Scholar, she is the author of A Religion, Not a State: Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq’s Islamic Justification of Political Secularism (2009) and co-editor of The Road to Two Sudans (2014). She has published more than 25 scholarly articles, and has taught at the American University of Kuwait, and at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Hiram College, USA. In addition, she has presented over 100 scholarly papers at various academic conferences, and is President of the Sudan Studies Association of North America (SSA) and former President of the American Academy of Religion/Western Region (AAR/WR).