Daniella Talmon-Heller is a senior lecturer at the Department of Middle East Studies of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She earned her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and spent two years as a post-doc at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the medieval Middle East, especially on social history, religious thought and practice, comparative religion and historiography. She is the editor of the section on the medieval Middle East of the online journal History Compass. Her current project is a book length study of the "sacred" as perceived by Muslims between the seventh and fifteenth centuries.