Lorraine Chittock was born in California, lived in Cairo for seven years, then in Kenya for five. She is the author and photographer of Shadows in the Sand, about her trek along the legendary Forty Days Road. She now travels the world with her two Kenyan dogs, writing and photographing her adventures. Annemarie Schimmel (1922–2003) was a prolific scholar of Islam who taught at the universities of London, Ankara, Bonn, and Harvard. Dedicating her life to encouraging a better understanding of the Islamic world, she lectured in more than six languages and published eighty books.