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B.A. Smith College, 1997
M.A. Harvard University, 2005
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2009
On Faculty 2013.
“Method in Madness: Reconsidering Church Destructions in the Fatimid Era,” Muqarnas 30 (2013) 119-139.
“Miracle at Muqattam: Moving a Mountain to Build a Church in
the Early Fatimid Caliphate (969-995),”Sacred Precincts: Non-Muslim
in Islamic Territories, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Stephen Caffey, Boston: Brill (forthcoming).
Research and Teaching Interests
I specialize in medieval Islamic architecture, with a particular focus on Fatimid Egypt (909-1171). My current book project investigates the architecture of the Fatimids, centering its discussion around a medieval enigma – the patronage of the “mad” caliph, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (r. 996-1021). I am particularly interested in what architecture meant to the multi-confessional populations (Muslims, Christians, Jews) of the medieval Islamic world; how architecture was used as a form of political legitimacy in a period of rival caliphs; and how we might talk about destruction as a productive aspect of architectural patronage.
My other interests include artistic production in the wake of the Arab Spring; the re-imagining of the “medieval” in contemporary arts in the Middle East; and architectural patronage in the Arabian Gulf.