Erin Atwell is a PhD student in Classical Arabic Literature and Anthropology studying the ethical Islamic concept of taqwā through texts, objects, and discourses historically and today. Her research engages early Islamic literature, preacher training manuals, and the spaces and places of historical and contemporary preaching. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago, an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity school.