2018 Travel Grant Winners

Mr. Yona (Youness) Abeddour (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Negotiating and Performing Moroccan Identities: Second- and Third-Generation of Moroccan Jewish Immigrants to Israel

Mr. Mihai Chihaia (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași)
Can the European Union be a Security Provider in the Middle East?

Dr. Steven Childs (California State University, San Bernardino)
Hybrid Warfare in the Middle East: Assessments of Russian and Iranian Force Employment

Mr. Tamas Dudlak (Corvinus University of Budapest)
New Normativism – Islamist Foreign Policy and the Case of Turkey

Prof. Sherin El Gendi (Ain Shams University)
Coptology and its Role in Preserving the Coptic Heritage Starting from the Late Nineteenth Century

Prof. Banu Eligur (Baskent University)
The 6-7 September Anti-Greek Riots through the Lens of Nationalism and Collective Violence

Dr. Denis Golubev (Saint Petersburg State University)
Internationalization of the Libyan Conflict: Reinforcing Loops between Spatial Spillovers, External Interventions and Systemic Escalation

Ms. Dilara Hekimci (Florida International University)
The Erdoğanization of Turkish Politics and the Role of Opposition

Mr. Deniz Ilhan (Stony Brook University)
Understanding Influence in the Muslim Intellectual Space in Contemporary Turkey

Ms. Elham Kazemi (University of California, Irvine)
Transitional Justice in Tunisia: When Religion Meets State

Dr. D Gershon Lewental (Shalem College)
Between Byzantium and Iran: Caucasian Peoples and the Arab-Islamic Conquests

Dr. Liora Lukitz (Braude College of Engineering)
‘Certainties and Uncertainties’ at a Time of Reconstruction: A First Glimpse into Gertrude Bell’s Unedited Papers

Prof. William F.S. Miles (Northeastern University)
Becoming Orthodox in Israel – Druze-Style

Dr. Joel Parker (Tel Aviv University)
Syria between Lebanon and the Balkans: The (Weak) Case for Multilateralism

Mr. Semih Patan (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Democratization under Islamic Parties: Explaining Success and Failure

Dr. Itamar Radai (New York University)
From Mandate to State: Planning the Institutions and Policies of Israeli Statehood, 1947-1948

Ms. Rosemary Soliman (Waseda University)
Causes of Copts Persecution in Egypt

Prof. Ilkka Syvanne (University of Haifa)
The Capture of Jerusalem by the Muslims: A Military Conquest or a Gift of Allah?

Mr. Huseyin Tunc (University of Houston)
Turkey’s Kurdophobia: Prospects and Challenges for Turkish Policy

Prof. Kivanc Ulusoy (Istanbul University)
Manipulative Deliberation in Turkey: Alevis’ Defective Political Engagement and Remedying Strategies

Ms. Sumeyra Yakar (University of Exeter)
The Usage of Custom in the Contemporary Legal System of Saudi Arabia: Divorce on Trial

Prof. Ali Yaman (Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University)
Cemevis: A Brief History of the Rebirth Process of a Religious Worship House (Since 1980s)

Mr. Salih Yasun (Indiana University)
Secularizing the Law of God? Family Law and Voting Behavior in Tunisia

Mr. Riza Yildirim (Emory University)
Neither Orthodox nor Heterodox: How to Conceptualize Alevi Religiosity?

Prof. Harun Yildiz (Ondokuz Mayis University)
The Historical Roots of the Alevi Community and Its Current Situation

Dr. Luciano Zaccara (Qatar University)
Iran in the GCC Crisis: Its Role, Risks and Opportunities in the Volatile Political Context

Dr. Ido Zelkovitz (Yezreel Valley College)
When Theology Meets Reality: Hamas between Political Islam and Palestinian Nationalism

Dr. Besim Can Zihr (Middle East Technical University)
Re-mapping the Sectarian Map and the Alevis of Turkey in the Wake of the Syrian War

Prof. Eyal Zisser (Tel Aviv University)
Israel in the Middle East: Between Arab Spring, Islamic Winter and Iranian Summer – Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur (IMEISS, Berkeley)
Mulid and Mahragan: Invoking Spirituality and Popular Authenticity in Egyptian Music and Dance