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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Dr. Tamara SonnDr. Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary.  Her books include Interpreting Islam:  Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History (Oxford, 1996; winner of Choice Book of the Year  award); Comparing Religions through Law:  Judaism and Islam (with J. Neusner; Routledge 1999; named "One of the Best Books of the 1990s" by the Journal of Law and Religion),  Islam:  A Brief History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, an expanded and updated edition of A Brief History of Islam, Blackwell 2004), and The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies (2010).  Her most recent book is The Religion Toolkit:  A Complete Guide to Religious Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).  She has contributed chapters and articles to numerous books and journals, as well as Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion, and Colliers Encyclopedia.   She was senior editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), and associate editor of Oxford's encyclopedia The Islamic World Past and Present (2004). She is currently an editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and of Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2009).  As well, she is editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies OnlineIslamic Studies, and co-editor-in-chief of Wiley-Blackwell's fully online Religion Compass.