Dr. Rahimjon Abdugafurov received his PhD from the Islamic Civilizations Studies Program at Emory University. His research interests include Women in Islam, Sufism, and Muslim relations with non-Muslims. Dr. Abdugafurov is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law School. As a research associate of the University of Sussex in the PEER-Network, he studies the impact of Islamic discourses in women’s participation in higher education in Ferghana Valley. Dr. Abdugafurov holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University, and has published on topics ranging from education to social issues in relation to Central Asia.