Professor Karim H. Karim was Co-Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies from 2009 to 2011. He previously was Director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to joining academia, Professor Karim held positions as a Senior Researcher and Senior Policy Analyst in the Department of Canadian Heritage, was a reporter for Inter Press Service (Rome) and Compass News Features (Luxembourg), and worked as a Religious Education Co-ordinator in the Ismailia Association for Canada. Professor Karim holds degrees from Columbia and McGill University in Islamic and Communication studies. He has delivered distinguished lectures at several universities and has published internationally on the relationship of culture and communication to issues of diaspora, technology and globalisation. His book, Islamic Peril: Media and Global Violence (Black Rose, 2003) won the inaugural Robinson Book Prize. In addition to publishing numerous chapters in edited volumes and articles in journals, he is also the editor of The Media of Diaspora (Routledge, 2003). Professor Karim has also been honoured by the Government of Canada for promoting interfaith collaboration.