RELS PhD student Kameliya Atanasova awarded Maass Memorial Research Grant

The Department of Religious Studies congratulates Kameliya Atanasova on receiving the Richard Maass Memorial Research Grant from The Manuscript Society in recognition of her scholarly research.  Kameliya is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies specializing on Islamic Studies. In her dissertation, she plans to situate the life and works of Celveti Sufi shaykh Ismail Hakki Bursevi (d. 1725) in the history of Ottoman Sufism and intellectual history. Kameliya's research interests include Islamic philosophy, paleography and metaphysics, mirror for princes literature and the relationships between religious movements and political authorities.


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