Taryn Marashi is a second year Ph.D. student in Medieval Islamic history, with a particular focus on sectarian communities and conflict under Abbasid rule. She received her M.A. in Islamic Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she worked on Islamic political thought, mysticism, and early Abbasid society. Her research interests include mysticism, sectarian development and thought, and early Islamic literature. She is studying with Professor David Wasserstein.