Dr. Christopher B. Taylor is a post-doctoral fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and instructor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at George Mason University. Dr. Taylor was also a graduate research fellow of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a fellow of the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He has published on India, the ethics of economic practice, social mobility, and Islamic law.
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