I earn a living as a professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. I'm a classicist and Arabist by training, with an interest in Islam, religious minorities under Islam, and Islamic law. I also do a bit of government work: mostly helping the good guys make sense of the bad guys, their book collections, and their internet histories. I've written some books, and a few were skimmed by literally dozens of people. Fortunately, my lovely wife has a real job. A former union buster, she now defends big health care from the depredations of aggrieved patients. When not reading books written in dead languages, I'm mostly trying to escape the consequences of faithful observance of the Torah's first commandment. In my forty-five years, I've met two U.S. presidents, talked to the late king of Jordan with morse code, and (I'm told) sat in a pew next to Jim Jones.