Research Fellowships​

Research Fellows play an important role in the intellectual life of the Institute through teaching, offering seminars, organising workshops and undertaking research.

​ ​​Current Research Fellows​​

Mohamad-Meqdad.jpgMohamad Meqdad: PhD student, jointly at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communications (EUR-ESHCC) in the Netherlands. His main research interest is about Religious Heritage and War in the Middle East. Mr Meqdad joined AKU-ISMC as an Arabic Editor of the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts Project in 2010. He holds an MA in Muslim Cultures from AKU-ISMC and a BA in Archaeology and Museum Studies from the University of Aleppo, Syria. Prior to joining AKU-ISMC, Mr Meqdad participated in archaeological excavations, with national and international archaeological expeditions, for over four years exploring the hidden cultures and preserving archaeological sites and monuments in Syria.​​


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2019 Research Fellows

Nancy Hawker.jpgNancy Hawker​: Nancy has a DPhil in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford and an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS. She is also a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University. She has previously worked at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. Nancy joined​​ AKU-ISMC as a part-time Research Fellow for the Gover​nance Programme until December 2019.​​​​

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