Joseph E. Lowry is Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on Islamic law, the Qur’an, premodern Islamic thought, and Arabic.  He has published articles on premodern Islamic legal thought, the Qur’an, and premodern, early modern, and modern Arabic literature. He is one of the nine-coauthors of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, ed. D. Reynolds (University of California Press, 2001), the author of Early Islamic Legal Theory: TheRisāla of Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (Brill, 2007), and has prepared an edition and translation of al-Shāfiʿī’s Epistle on Legal Theory for the Library of Arabic Literature (New York University Press, 2013). He has co-edited Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi (with Shawkat Toorawa and Devin Stewart; Gibb Memorial Trust, 2004), Essays in Arabic Literary Biography, 1350–1850 (with Devin Stewart; Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009), Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought: Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson (with Shawkat Toorawa; Brill, 2017), and Arabic Belles Lettres (with Shawkat Toorawa; Lockwood Press, 2019).  He is a Consulting Editor and former Editorial Board member of the Library of Arabic literature and an Associate Editor of the Brill journal Islamic Law and Society and Editorial Board member of Brill’s Journal of Abbasid Studies.  He is currently working on a monograph on law in the Qur’an and a translation of Ibn Qutayba’s Taʾwīl mukhtalif al-ḥadīth for the Library of Arabic Literature.