Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so. Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. She is especially interested in the problem of Islamic law and relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews from an historical perspective. Currently she is working on writing a history of world civilizations from the eyes of faith. Teaching at Biola University as a Professor of History, Dr. Rood currently lives in Brea, CA, with her husband Paul Rood and two sons, Samuel and Joshua. In addition to her passion for Islamic studies, Dr. Rood loves hiking, swimming, messianic music and worship, dogs, horses, and hanging out and conversing about current events, good scholarship and writing.