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SOAS students recognised by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize 2019

3 December 2019
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We are delighted to announce that three of the top five PhD dissertations recognised by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize 2019 were from SOAS students.

Veronica Ferreri shares the joint winner prize with Shiva Mihan (Cambridge University) for her dissertation, A State of Permanent Loss. War and Displacement in Syria and Lebanon. Her thesis chronicles the trajectory of displacement of a Syrian community from al-Qusayr and its countryside to Akkar, Lebanon.

Dena Fakhro and Lewis Turner were joint runners-up for their dissertations, The Blood Vengeance Theme in Arabic Poetry: From the Classical Poetic Tradition to the Present and Challenging Refugee Men: Humanitarianism and Masculinities in Za‘tari Refugee Camp.

Professor Richard Fardon, Interim Head of the Doctoral School said: 'For our doctoral researchers to clinch three out of the four top awards in Middle Eastern Studies this year is quite stunning. We could not be more delighted by their achievements which bode well for brilliant future careers.'

Dena Fakhro said: 'It is gratifying to see SOAS research in Middle Eastern topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences recognised in this way reflecting not only the merits of the individual dissertations, but also of the quality of resources at SOAS, its academic expertise and the valuable support of the Doctoral School.'

The Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize was established jointly in 1986 by the Leigh Douglas Memorial Fund and BRISMES in memory of Dr Leigh Douglas who was killed in Beirut in 1986. The prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities awarded by a British University in the previous calendar year.

Find out more at http://www.brismes.ac.uk/student-area/leigh-douglas-memorial-prize