Adam Bursi (PhD, Cornell University) is a researcher studying early Islam in dialogue with other late antique religions. His work focuses on the ways that rituals related to relics, pilgrimage, and healing were interwoven with the formation and performance of communal identity among early Muslims. He has held research and teaching positions at Utrecht University, the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His writing has been published in the journals Medieval Encounters, Studies in Late Antiquity, the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association, Arabica, and elsewhere. He is currently completing a monograph, tentatively titled Traces of the Prophets: Relics and Sacred Spaces in Early Islam.