Zayn Kassam is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College and also on the faculty at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

A graduate of McGill University, Dr Kassam teaches courses in Islamic philosophy, mysticism, gender and literature in addition to a course on philosophical and mystical texts from a comparative perspective. She has lectured widely on gender issues in the United States, Canada and Britain and has been honoured with a Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching at Pomona College.

Her numerous articles include: "Muslim Women Writers in South Asia"; "Our Worlds and His: Naguib Mahfouz's Palace Walk"; "Mindfield or Minefield: Teaching Religion in a Multicultural Classroom"; "The Individual and Notions of Community"; and others dealings with ethics and gender. She is currently working on two books, one concerning aspects of Qur'anic interpretation in medieval Islamic philosophy and another on gender issues in the Muslim world.