Email: s0968736@sms.ed.ac.uk

Programme: History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2011

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Qur’anic Transformations between the 10th and 12th Centuries: Form, Milieu and Role

I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in Art History, specialising in Islamic Art. My research, entitled ‘Qur’anic Transformations between the 10th and 12th Centuries: Form, Milieu and Role’, focuses on the formal changing elements of the Qur’an and its use and perception in the wider historical context of the period.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I completed an MA in History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, graduating with distinction in 2011.

During my research, I have been the recipient of several awards, including the Barakat Trust Travel Award, the Islamic Manuscript Association Award and the Ralph-Pinder Wilson Award.

Alongside my academic work, I worked as a consultant researcher on the Taʿlīm curriculum, ‘The Qur’an and its interpretations’, developed by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. Before starting my current research, I taught design, visual culture and art of calligraphy courses at both the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut.