Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed is a PhD student at Columbia University in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. He holds a Master’s in Literature from the University of Notre Dame. He works on questions of religion and the state in medieval and modern Arabic Literature. He is interested in Sufi Arabic literature and the place of Sufism in modern Arabic thought as far as questions of tradition, post-colonialism and modernity are concerned. He is also interested in Persian Sufi literature and poetics.