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Sarah Islam Awarded 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Sixth-year Ph.D. student Sarah Islam has been named a 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In its press release, the Foundation describes the Newcombe Fellowship as “the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work. …  Funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Fellowship was created in 1981 and has supported just over 1,200 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields. The Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.” Ms. Islam’s dissertation explores blasphemy as a legal category in early and medieval Islamic history.