Bridget Purcell is a postdoctoral fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests include Islam, ritual place and ritual practice, and the ethical and experiential dimensions of the state. Her recently defended dissertation, “The City that Hides Itself: Movement and Meaning in Urban Form” (Princeton, 2014) is based on fieldwork in the Turko-Syrian border city of Urfa. It explores the significance of place—the interpreted, inhabited environment—in the formation and re-formation of personal and collective identities in a rapidly changing, ethno-linguistically heterogeneous context. Her principal theoretical approaches include phenomenology, feminist cultural theory, and ecological approaches to urban space; geographical interests include Turkey, Syria, and the greater Levant.