Julianne Hazen, PhD, is Founding Director of the Office of Sufi Studies, World Life Institute, Medina, NY. She holds an appointment of Adjunct Professor of Islam and the West at Niagara University and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she is writing a book on Sufism in America. She earned her doctorate degree from SOAS, University of London, UK. She also has an MA degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, DC, an MS in Education, University of Rochester, NY, and a BA in Psychology from SUNY Brockport, NY. Her research focuses on contemporary Sufism in America, Britain, and the Balkans.