Reyhan Durmaz

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Assistant Professor
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Reyhan Durmaz's research interests include Syriac Christianity, Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages, religion and society in late antiquity, hagiography, storytelling, and forms and expressions of popular piety. Her first book project, tentatively titled "Stories, Saints, and Sanctity between Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages," examines the transmission of non-biblical saints' stories and cults from Christianity to Islam. Her other research projects include study of rural Christianities in the Middle Ages in the eastern Mediterranean. Reyhan received her Ph.D. from Brown University (2019), with a Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Award in Humanities. She is also a recipient of Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies and Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship in Religion and Ethics.


Ph.D., Brown University (2019)
M.A., Central European University (2012)
M.A., Koc University (2010)
B.A., Middle East Technical University (2007)

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Recent Courses: 

RELS 002: Religions of the West

RELS 105: Virtual Religion: Religion in the Digital Age

RELS 144: From Jesus to Muhammad: History of Early Christianity

RELS 215: Satan: History, Poetics, and Politics of the Archenemy

RELS 515: Syriac Christianity Past and Present