Dr Karen Ruffle joined the University of Miami in 2007 and teaches courses in Islamic studies and religions of South Asia. Her research interests focus on Shi‘i devotional literature and ritual in India and Iran where she has completed ethnographic fieldwork and archival research on the development and Indianization of Muharraminfo-icon. She has additional interests in gender theory and expressions of sainthood. In addition to offering a course entitled Introduction to Islam each year, she offers an introductory course on the Religions of South Asia and seminars on Islam and Gender, Islam in Modern Times, and Epic Traditions.