Current Graduate Students
News & Alerts
- The 2016-2017 Carola Collier Berthelot Dissertation Writing Fellowship is open for nomination. The prize comes with a $25,000 stipend and fees covered by the university. This is a competitive fellowship, designed to provide support to MEIS graduate students in the final stages of writing.
Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments
Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY14-15)
- Mohamed Elshahed, "Revolutionary Modernism: Architecture & The Politics of Transition in Cairo 1939-1965"
- Aaron Jakes, "State of the Field: Agrarian Transformation, Colonial Rule, and the Politics of Material Wealth in Egypt, 1882-1914"
- Ibrahim Kalkan, "Torture, Law, and Politics in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1840-1918"
- Peter Valenti, "State-Building in Central Arabia: Empires & Regional Actions at the Cross Roads of al-Qasim"
- Suneela Mubayi, Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
- Amir Moosavi, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
- Ahmad Shokr, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Marion Katz
Office Address: 50 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8888
Fax: (212) 995-4689
Professor Marion Katz's first book, Body of Text, deals with the reconstruction of early scholarly debates about the law of ritual purity (tahara) and the underlying issues of community boundaries, gender, and attitudes towards the body. More recently, she published a monograph examining the forms of piety surrounding the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (the mawlid al-nabawi). It demonstrates that the complex of devotional narratives surrounding the motif of the Prophet’s birth has deep roots in the Islamic tradition, long predating the emergence of the mawlid celebration. While these narratives often defy the standards of the scholarly disciplines of history and hadith (and probably have their roots in popular storytelling), they show enormous continuity and cohesiveness over a period of many centuries. For many medieval Muslims, it is likely that these stories functioned as the best-known and most authoritative accounts of the Prophet’s origins and birth.