John R. Bowen is Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington
University in St. Louis. He has been studying Islam and society in Indonesia since the
late 1970s, and since 2001 has worked in Western Europe and North America on
problems of pluralism, law, and religion, and in particular on contemporary efforts to
rethink Islamic norms and civil law. Awarded a Guggenheim prize in 2012 and named a
Carnegie Fellow in 2016, Professor Bowen has also served as a recurrent Visiting
Professor at the London School of Economics.