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Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  From 2011-2016 he was Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory.  From 2000-2006, he served as Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  From 1991-2000, he taught at Duke University. His published works include over 40 articles, three books, one book set, and a co-authored volume.  These include The Way of Abu Madyan (The Islamic Texts Society, 1996), Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (University of Texas Press, 1998), the five-volume set Voices of Islam (Praeger Publishers, 2007), and Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worship the Same God? (with Baruch Levine, Jacob Neusner, and Bruce Chilton, Abingdon Press, 2012).  Dr. Cornell obtained his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at UCLA in 1989.  His dissertation won the 1990 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities of the Middle East Studies Association.  His academic interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from Sufism to theology and Islamic law. His current book projects include Islam and Democracy: A Critical Analysis and The Shared Revelation: Ibn Sab‘in (d. 669/1270) and Islamic Hermetism. He is active in critical theology and interfaith initiatives.  From 2002-2012 he was a key participant in the Building Bridges seminars of Christian and Muslim scholars organized by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams.