Doctoral candidate in Religious Studies, Reyhan Durmaz is the recipient of a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and a Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship. “These two inestimable fellowships will provide me with what every academic needs in order to thrive, namely, community, acknowledgment, encouragement, and resources,” says Durmaz. Read more.
Studying cultural encounters and interactions between Christian and Muslim communities in the Middle Ages, Durmaz examines them through the lens of stories of holy men and women, their narrators, and audiences. She traces the trajectories of stories across geographical, linguistic and confessional boundaries, examining the mechanisms of storytelling and cultural transmission in antiquity, and the roles stories played in meaning making, and identity building. Her dissertation is titled Stories, Saints, and Sanctity between Christianity and Islam.
“I am very excited to complete my project with such recognition, in addition to the immense support I receive from my community at Brown University,” says Durmaz.
The Newcombe Fellowship is funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowships in Byzantine Studies are awarded to scholars of the history of the Byzantine Empire and the neighboring cultures on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability by the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., one of the world's leading research institutions in Byzantine, Pre-Colombian, and Garden and Landscape Studies.