Dr. Timothy R. Furnish
Timothy R. Furnish holds a PhD in Islamic, African and World history from Ohio State University. He currently works as a consultant to the US military and government on Islamic issues, often focusing on Africa. In the past he has been a college professor, acquisitions editor and member of the US Army (both enlisted and commissioned). He has published a number of articles in both scholarly and popular venues, and the book Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads and Osama bin Laden. His areas of specialization include Mahdism, transnational Islamic ideologies, Sufism and Islamic sects.
In the framework of RIMA, Dr. Furnish will be mainly dealing with Sufism and Sufi orders in Africa; Mahdism and Mahdist movements in Africa; Transnational Islamic movements, especially in Africa; and
Islamic imperialism, imperial polities and ideologies.