Jeffry R. Halverson is an associate professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Coastal Carolina University (SC). He previously served as an assistant research professor at Arizona State University. As a scholar of Islamic studies and the history of religions, Halverson is the author of Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), Searching for a King: Muslim Nonviolence and the Future of Islam (Potomac, 2012), and lead author of Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and Islamists of the Maghreb (Routledge 2017). His scholarship has also been published in several academic journals, including The Muslim World and The Journal of Communication. He has written about Islam and Islamophobia for Salon and his work has been cited by CNN, al-Jazeera English, Public Radio International, The Globe and Mail, Religion News, ASU News, and others. His debut novel, The Mural, was self-published in 2014.