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2013-14 Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow
Alison Vacca received her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation titled “From K'usti Kapkoh to al-Garbi: Sasanian Antecedents, the Sectarian Milieu, and the Creation of an Islamic Frontier in Arminiya (c. 700 – 862 CE),” explores the interrelation of religious and ethnic groups in the Near East. In particular she is interested in the eighth- or ninth-century historian Lewond and his Aršawank' Arabac' i Hays, an Armenian history covering establishment of the Caliphate, developments in medieval Armenia, and relations between Byzantium and Islam from 632 to 788. She plans to contextualize Lewond’s contribution with the literary production of the medieval Near East. Alison was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she studied Islamic, Armenian and Jerusalemite history as well as Arabic, Armenian, and Hebrew. She has also completed a Certificate in Museum Studies, which included interning in the Islamic art collection at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Armenian Studies Program
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