Necati Alkan is a Turkish-German historian and Islamicist who specializes in late Ottoman history. He is research associate in the Department of Islamic Studies at the University of Bamberg and mainly works on religious minorities. He has published his first book (revised PhD thesis) Dissent and Heterodoxy in the Late Ottoman Empire: Reformers, Babis and Baha'is (2008). Currently he is working on his second book about a social history of the Nusayris/Alawis in the late Ottoman period.Among his other publications are: The eternal enemy of Islam’: Abdullah Cevdet and the Baha’i religion” (2005); “Süleyman Nazif's 'Open Letter to Jesus': An Anti-Christian Polemic in the Early Turkish Republic” (2008), and "Fighting for the Nuṣayrī Soul: State, Protestant Missionaries and the ʿAlawīs in the Late Ottoman Empire" (2012); "Divide and Rule: The Creation of the Alawi State after World War I (2013).Christopher Buck (PhD, JD) is an attorney and an independent scholar who has written several books, including God & Apple Pie (2015), with an introduction by J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University), Religious Myths and Visions of America (2009, “an original contribution to American studies,” Journal of American History, June 2011), Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy (2005), Paradise and Paradigm (1999), Symbol and Secret (1995/2004), Religious Celebrations (co-author, 2011), and also contributed chapters in such books as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity (2013), American Writers (2010 & 2004), The Islamic World (2008), and The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006). See christopherbuck.com and bahai-library.com/Buck.
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