Usaama al-Azami is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation critically examines Islamic legal and religious reform in the modern period. Born and raised in the U.K., he began seriously studying Islam in 2002. He completed his B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University in 2008 and has also studied with Muslim scholars and theologians in seminary contexts in the Middle East and Europe. His teachers have included Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Professor Yahya Michot, Professor Tariq Ramadan, and Shaykh Muhammad Yaqoubi. He was a founding member of the Oxford University Muslim-Jewish dialogue group, MuJewz, and is a regular participant in Princeton’s Muslim-Christian dialogue. He maintains an occasional blog on The Huffington Post focusing on topics relating to religion.