Muhammad Al-Atawneh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Professor Al-Atawneh founded and has served as the Head of the Middle East Studies Program at the Eilat Campus since its inception in 2007. His research interests focus on the study of Islam in modern times, mainly in three concurrent areas: (1) Islamic law and modernity; (2) state and governance in contemporary Islamic thought and practice; and (3) Islam in Israel. He is the author of "Wahhabi Islam Facing the Challenges of Modernity: Dar al-Ifta in the Modern Saudi State" (Leiden: E.J.Brill, 2010). Professor Al-Atawneh received his Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2004).