Current Dissertation Writing Scholarship recipients


Timothy Garrett

Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation title: Ma‘āṣim al-hudā wa-al-iṣāba fī tafḍīl ‘Alī ‘alā al-ṣaḥāba, an understudied work by the famed Fatimid scholar Ḥamīd al-Dīn al-Kirmānī.

A list of our scholarship award alumni and their research areas



Shatha Almutawa (University of Chicago) 
Dissertation title: The Use of Narrative in Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa: Imagination at the Intersections of Religion, Philosophy and Science



Farès Gillon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris) 
Dissertation title: Un traité ismaélien primitif, le Kitâb al-Kashf (Livre du dévoilement) attribué au Dâ’î Ja’far B 
Mansûr al-Yaman (présentation, édition, traduction, commentaire)



Maryann Shenoda (Harvard University) 
Dissertation title: Imagining Persecution: Copto-Arabic Opposition to Islamisation and Arabisation in Fatimid Egypt



Jamel A. Velji (University of California at Santa Barbara)
Dissertation title: Apocalyptic Hermeneutics and the Strengthening of Empire: The Case of the Early Fatimids



Zackery M. Heern (University of Utah)
Dissertation title: Laying Foundations for Orthodoxy: Transformation of Shi'ism during the Time of Muhammad Baqir Bihbihani



Jennifer Pruitt (Harvard University)
Dissertation title: A Tale of Two Cities: Locating the Courtly and the Urban in Classical Fatimid Visual Culture (975-1036 CE)



Hasan Ali Khan (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Dissertation title: Shi‘a Connections of the Sufi Heritage of the Indus Valley: With Special Reference to Ismaili Monuments



Aliaa Ezz El Din El Sandouby (University of California, Los Angeles)
Dissertation title: Remembering the Ahl al-Bayt: The Shrines of the Family of the Prophet in Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo



Orkhan Mir-Kassimov (Sorbonne University)
Dissertation title: A Study of ancient Hurufi texts and manuscripts



Samer Traboulsi (Princeton University)
Dissertation title: The Tayyibi Isma‘ilis in Medieval Yemen: A Case Study in the Formation of an Islamic Sect 

David Hollenberg (University of Pennsylvania) 
Dissertation title: Interpretation after the End of Days: The Isma‘ili spokesman Ja‘far ibn Mansur al Yaman (d. ca. 980 CE) on Prophets and Politics



Elisabeth Alexandrin (McGill University) 
Dissertation title: The Sphere of Walayah: Isma‘ili Ta’wil in Practice according to al-Mu’ayyad (d. 1078 CE)