Sumbul Ali-Karamali writes and lectures on topics related to Islam and Muslims. Her books benefit from her perspective as a practicing Muslim in addition to her academic background in Islamic law. Sumbul writes for general audiences, synthesizing academic material into a readable, personal format that's as absorbing and enjoyable to read as a memoir and as informative as a textbook. She explains relevant and current issues that both Muslims and non-Muslims wish to better understand. Her work is a logical culmination of her combined degrees in English (from Stanford), law (from the University of California at Davis), and Islamic law (from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies).
The initial question driving Sumbul's writing was, "How can I explain Islam in an academically reliable manner that's also fun to read?" She hopes she's found the answer with her books!
Sumbul is a popular speaker and educator for all ages and a variety of venues from primary and secondary schools to book clubs to university settings.
"Sumbul Ali-Karamali presents Islam as a living and lived faith. She combines scholarship with an engaging and accessible style and frank self-criticism that crystallizes the faith and commitment of a majority of mainstream Muslims in its unity and diversity." -- John L. Esposito, Professor of Islamic Studies and the Director of Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University
"Sumbul Ali-Karamali has provided me with a tremendously valuable window of insight into what it means to honor and live Islam in America's everyday world." -- Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River (an Oprah's Book Club pick) and Red River