Kameliya Atanasova studies the role of Sufism in the intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. In her dissertation, she explores self-representation in the works of Ismail Hakki Bursevi (1653-1725), a Sufi master, Ottoman intellectual, and a prolific author in Arabic as well as Turkish, who was a pivotal figure at an important moment of religious and social transition in the central empire of the Islamic world. Her broader research interests include “mirror for princes” literature, and the relationships between religious elites and political institutions in the pre-modern Arab Middle East. She is also interested in the applications of methods developed in the Digital Humanities to the study of biographical works.
Kameliya Atanasova holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts and has received additional language training in Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. Her research is supported by grants from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and The Manuscript Society.