POP People

Project Guest Editor: Majid Daneshgar

Majid DaneshgarMajid Daneshgar, PhD, is Research Associate in the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was also lecturer of Islamic Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he was nominated for the Most Inclusive Teacher Award in 2015. Majid received the Auckland Library Heritage Trust Scholarship in 2017 with which he compiled the Catalogue of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Materials across New Zealand. He is also alumnus of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg. His research interests pertain to critical thinking, method and theory in the study of Islam, and the connection between Islamic intellectual and exegetical progress in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as Malay Islamic studies. Majid’s main volumes are Tantawi Jawhari and the Qur'an: Tafsir and Social Concerns in the Twentieth Century, The Qur’an in the Malay-Indonesian World: Context and Interpretation, and Islamic Studies Today: Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin.

Journal Guest Editor: Neguin Yavari

Neguin YavariNeguin Yavari, PhD, Columbia University, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Leipzig.

POP Guest Editor: Sassan Tabatabai

Sassan TabatabaiSassan Tabatabai, PhD, is Master Lecturer in World Languages & Literatures and the Core Curriculum, and Coordinator of the Persian Language Program at Boston University. He is also a poet, translator, editor, and scholar of medieval Persian literature. His work has appeared in many publications including Essays in Criticism, The Christian Science Monitor, Literary Imagination, The Republic of Letters, Senecca Review, Leviathan Quarterly, and Harvard Review. He is the author of Father of Persian Verse: Rudaki and his Poetry. (Leiden University Press, 2010) and Uzunburun: Poems. (Pen and Anvil Press, 2011). Other than his scholarly and creative pursuits, he is a former amateur boxer with over 25 years of boxing experience. He continues his involvement with boxing as a licensed coach with the US Amateur Boxing Federation.