Taryn Marashi is a fifth 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. Taryn is finishing her dissertation, 'Terrains of Tension, Mapping Violence in Medieval Islamic Society,' which examines the spatial dimensions of urban conflict in the medieval Middle East. She is studying with Professor Leor Halevi.