Dr. Eric J. Hanne received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois (1989), his MA in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992), and his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1998). Specializing in the sociopolitical history of the medieval Muslim world, Dr. Hanne conducts research and has published on such varied topics as the late Abbasid caliphate, medieval Islamic administration, the role of elite women in medieval Islamic power politics, and most recently role of ritual in medieval Islamic courts. He is currently pursuing research on the manifestation of power and authority in the eleventh- and twelfth-century political arena and how it relates to the dynamic nature of sectarian and ethnic relations in the central Islamic lands. The focus of his current monograph project is the Mazyadid dynasty of Shi’ite Arab amīrs and their interaction with the various polities of the period (e.g., Saljuqs, Abbasids, Fatimids, and Uqaylids). He teaches a variety of courses on Islamic history and culture covering topics from the medieval to the modern era (e.g., Crusades, Islamic intellectual history, Ottomans, modern Middle East, and Modern Iran).