Jonathan M. Bloom shares both the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University with his wife and colleague, Sheila S. Blair. He is the author of the award-winning book,Paper Before Print: the History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World (2001) as well as co-author of Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power (2001), Islamic Arts (1997) and The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800 (1994). For many years he was area editor for Islam and Central Asia for the Dictionary of Art and has co-edited the three-volume Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, to be published by Oxford University Press in December (2008).