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Maria Massi Dakake


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Maria Massi Dakake is an associate professor in the Ali Vurak AK Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, where she is a founding member of the interdisciplinary Islamic studies program. Her research interests focus on Islamic intellectual history, Qur'anic studies, Shi'ite and Sufi traditions, and women's spirituality and religious experience. She is a co-editor of The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary (2015, with Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Caner K. Dagli, Joseph E.B. Lumbard, and Mohammed Rustom) and the Routledge Companion to the Qur'an (forthcoming 2019, with Daniel Madigan). Dakake is the author of The Charismatic Community: Shi`ite Identity in Early Islam (2008) and is working independently on a monograph on the concept of religion as a universal phenomenon in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University.