Doctoral candidate Ahmed Ibrahim (Anthropology) has been named a 2016 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Ibrahim is one of only 20 scholars to receive the fellowship, the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences who are addressing questions of ethical and religious values.
The Newcombe Fellowship is highly competitive: this year only 4% of all applicants were selected as Fellows.
The recipients represent some of the nation’s top institutions, including Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Princeton.
Each Fellow receives a 12-month stipend of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work.
Ibrahim’s dissertation, “The Shari’a Courts of Mogadishu: Beyond ‘African Islam’ and ‘Islamic Law,’” is a historically and socially informed ethnographic account of the emergence and evolution of the Shari’a courts of Mogadishu.
Last year, Risa Cromer, also a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, was also named a Newcombe Fellow. Her dissertation explores the fates of frozen human embryos that are left over from IVF procedures and banked for future use.
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