William A. Graham has been a member of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1973 and also joined its Divinity School in 2002 as its dean. His scholarly work has focused on early Islamic religious history and texts and on problems in the history of religion. In 2000 he received the quinquennial Award for Excellence in Research in Islamic History and Culture from the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (Organisation of the Islamic Conference). He is a former John Simon Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of Beyond the Written Word (1987, 1993); Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam (1977; ACLS 1978 History of Religions Prize); co-editor of Islamfiche: Readings from Islamic Primary Sources (1982-87); and co-author of The Heritage of World Civilizations (8th rev. ed., 2008) and Three Faiths, One God (2002).