I am deeply indebted to many people and institutions for their support during the research and writing of this book. Since the completion of my dissertation and throughout the long process of preparing this manuscript, numerous personal, academic, and political transformations have taken place in my life. Many friends, colleagues, and family members have not only witnessed, but also experienced this journey with me and given their wholehearted support. While it is impossible to list all these people, I would like to thank everyone who was with me through this process, whose blessings were so beneficial.