2017 Research Grant Winners

Mr. Scott Abramson (University of California, Los Angeles)
A Historical Inquiry into Israeli-Kurdish Contact

Ms. Hind Ahmed Zaki (University of Washington)
Resisting and Redefining State Violence: The Gendered Politics of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Prof. Fazia Aïtel (Claremont McKenna College)
Amazigh (Berber) Feminism: The Difficulties and Paradoxes of Being an Amazigh and a Feminist in Algeria Today

Mr. Matthew Anderson (Georgetown University)
The Complexities of Medieval Blasphemy Jurisprudence: Rereading Taqī al-Dīn al-Subkī’s (d.1355) al-Sayf al-maslūl ‘alā man sabba al-rasūl

Dr. Jochen Arndt (Virginia Military Institute)
Struggles for Power, Identity and Language in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of the AmaHlubi

Dr. Eliot Assoudeh (University of Nevada, Reno)
Making the Shia-Iranian Self: The Islamic Republic and Cultural Engineering

Ms. Ornit Avidar (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Kenya’s Water Governance: Comparing the 2002 and 2016 Water Acts and Legislative Impact On-the-Ground in Siaya County

Ms. Olajumoke Ayandele (Rutgers University)
Fighting Jihadism: Explaining African States’ Motivation in Requesting Foreign Combat Assistance

Dr. Haluk Baran Bingol (Harvard University)
Stateless Capacity Building in Critical Emergency Contexts: A Comparative Analysis of Human Security, Health and Development in the Kurdish Regions of Iraq, Syria and Turkey

Dr. Anouar Boukhars (McDaniel College)
Traditional Salafism in Morocco:  Fundamental Contentions and Paradoxical Mutations

Mr. Samet Budak (University of Michigan)
A Book of One’s Own: Wāridāt and its Reception in the age of Ottoman Confessionalization

Prof. Sercan Canbolat (University of Connecticut)
Birds of A Feather? Leadership Patterns and the Lethality of Main Terrorist Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa

Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak (Tel Aviv University)
The Portrayal of Jews and Israel in Turkish School Textbooks

Dr. Sebastian Elischer (University of Florida)
“Partisan Politics is Making People Angry”: The Rise and Fall of Political Salafism in Kenya

Prof. Jan Feldman (University of Vermont)
“Point Men”: How Religious Women Soldiers May Restore Israel’s “Citizens’ Army”

Mr. Michael Freedman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Path to Electoral Success: Religious Parties, Religious Institutions, and Clientelism in Israel

Ms. Anat Goldman (University of Washington)
Privatized Commemoration, Political Polarization, and the Cult of Atatürk since the Mid-1990’s

Ms. Natalia Hapek (University of Warsaw)
Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Jordan

Ms. Sabina Henneberg (Johns Hopkins University)
Before and After Bin Ali: Comparing Two Attempts at Political Liberalization in Tunisia

Dr. Or Honig (Tel Aviv University/Duke University)
Who Is the True Radical? Pandering to/Placating Radicals as Common Political Strategies in the Middle East

Mrs. Yael Keinan-Cohen (Bar-Ilan University)
Lebanonism and the Lebanese Identity: Lebanese Intellectuals and Their Struggle to Shape the Lebanese Identity Following the Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon 2005-2015

Mr. George Keteku (State University of New York – Westchester & Purchase)
Assessing Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa: The Challenges of Collective Action

Dr. Yasmin Khodary (The British University in Egypt)
What Difference Can It Make? Assessing the Impact of Gender Equality and Empowerment in matters of Inheritance in Egypt

Prof. Greg Kruczek (Virginia Tech University)
Understanding Minority Group Mobilization During Civil War: The Assyrian Democratic Movement in Iraq and the Nineveh Plains Protection Units

Mr. Jacob Lewis (University of Maryland)
Structures of Governance and Repertoires of Contention: Anti-Corruption and Popular Contention in Africa

Dr. Edward Lynch (Hollins University)
Public Policy and the Future in Qaboos’ Oman: Lessons from Spain

Ms. Renanah Miles (Columbia University)
Whose Rule? Rebuilding Liberia’s Army After Civil War

Mr. Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (Columbia University)
Turnout in Transitional Elections: Who Votes in Iraq?

Ms. Yuree Noh (University of California, Los Angeles)
Why Do Authoritarian Leaders Adopt Gender Quota Laws? Electoral Manipulation as a Survival Strategy

Dr. Joel Parker (Tel Aviv University)
The Failure of the Syrian Opposition 2011-2017: What Went Wrong?

Mr. Semih Patan (University of Illinois at Chicago)
When Lawmakers Fight: A Theory of Legislative Violence through the Case of Turkey

Ms. Sada Payir (University of Oxford)
The Black Sheep of the Family?: The ‘Unorthodox’ Greeks of Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire

Mr. Kevin Petit (George Washington University)
Frenemies for Life: Insurgent Alliance Formation in Baghdad, 2004-2008

Dr. Jeremy Rich (Marywood University)
Humanitarian Aid and Counter Insurgency: The Case of the Simba Revolts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1964-1967

Mr. Padraic Rohan (Stanford University)
A Reluctant Minority: The Genoese Response to the Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople

Prof. Franck Salameh (Boston College)
A Man for Others; The Lives and Times of Lebanese Jesuit Henri Lammens

Dr. Lindsay Scorgie-Porter (Huron University College)
A Preliminary Exploration into the Politics of Dark Tourism in Rwanda

Dr. Soli Shahvar (University of Haifa)
Iran’s Global Reach: The Case of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Involvement in Africa

Prof. Larry Simpson (High Point University)
The Middle Eastern War Nobody Still Knows: Revisiting Washington’s Support of the Second Iraqi-Kurdish War, 1974-1975

Dr. Ebrahim Soltani (Eastern Michigan University)
Secularism: Conventional or Contextual?  Theory and Practice of Religious Politics in Iran and Turkey

Prof. Ilkka Syvanne (University of Haifa)
Nation and Empire Building the Iranian Way: The Case of the Sasanian Empire in the Third Century

Dr. Noel Twagiramungu (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
From Nationalist Rebellion to Pan-African Liberation: A Theory of the Apartheid Endgame in South Africa

Prof. Umut Uzer (Istanbul Technical University)
Glorification of the Past as a Political Tool: The Ottoman Past in Contemporary Turkish Politics

Mr. Jesse Weinberg (University of Oklahoma)
The Growth of Anti-Semitism in Iraq

Mr. Samuel Willner (University of Haifa)
The 1975 Congressional Feasibility Study on “Oil Fields as Military Objectives”: U.S.-Saudi Arabian Relations and the Repercussions of the 1973 Oil Crisis

Dr. Myriam Wissa (University of London)
“For the battle is not yours but for the Lord”: Dilemmas within the Medieval Coptic Community in an “Age” of Mass Conversion to Islam

Mr. Wassim Younis (Bar-Ilan University & Alqasemi Academy)
The Way Israel is Displayed in Intra-Palestinian Discourse after Oslo: A Partner for Peace or War?

Dr. Rami Zeedan (The Open University of Israel)
Local Governments of Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East: A Case Study of the Crisis Among the Arab-Palestinian Municipalities in Israel

Dr. Ahmed Zohny (Coppin State University)
The Democracy Project in the Land of the Pharaohs–The Egyptian Military and Politics

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur (University of California, Berkeley)
Whither Salafism in Morocco?