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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
Aliya Abdukadir Ali
Thesis topic: Networks of power in Iran and Iraq under the Umayyads
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Aliya Ali is a currently undertaking her DPhil under the supervision of Professor Andrew Marsham and Professor Amira Bennison. Aliya's DPhil is an important study of three revered figures of Islamic history: ʿUthmān ibn ʿAffān AH 24-36/644-656CE, ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib AH 36/656 CE and Muʿāwiya ibn Abī Sufyān AH 41-52/661-680 CE. She compiles a large database consisting of detailed biographical information of governors and their families. These figures are important because of their legacies. They shaped the religious and political landscape of the Modern Middle East and they are a point of contention for several factions and sects that have emerged since their deaths. The main source for her project is the work of al-Ṭabarī (d. 311/923) who was a celebrated historian and scholar known for writing Tārīkh al-Rusul wa-l-Mulūk (the History of Prophets and Kings). She also consults the works of the ʿAbbāsid historian al-Balādhurī (d. 279/892) who authored the famous Futūḥ al-Buldān (Book of Conquests) and Ansāb al-Ashrāf (Genealogies of the Nobles).1 Another two important reference pieces are al-Zubayrī and Ibn Saʿd’s Kitāb Nasab Qūraysh and Kitāb Ṭabaqāt al-Kabīr as well as the works of Khalīfa ibn Khayyāṭ otherwise known as Ibn Khayyāṭ al-ʿUṣfurī. Zakkar. Ibn Khayyāṭ's work, esepcially the Tārīkh (History) is one of the most important extant sources on the study of early Islamic governance. Aliya previously completed her MPhil in Islamic Culture and History at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in 2019-2020 and completed her BA in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Mohammed Ahmed
Thesis topic: Early Muslim-Jewish Relations through Late Texts: An Analysis of Al-Tabari's Tafsir on the Medinan Period
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Mohammed’s PhD research focusses on tafsīr/exegetical literature. Analysing the role of Jews in tafsīr literature can uncover the key method in which attitudes towards Jews (presented as a knowledgeable but misguided people) develops within the Islamic tradition. To this end, his research evaluates three key tafsīr works, Muqātil (the earliest known tafsīr), al-Ṭabarī (the first encyclopaedic tafsīr) and Ibn Kathīr (the most popular tafsīr currently), in order to examine developing religious attitudes towards Jews. His main thesis posits that Jews were a 'non-exemplar' group in Islamic literature (and tafsīr literature more specifically). In other words, Qur'anic exegetes used Jews as a literary scapegoat in order to demonstrate 'what not to do' to the Islamic audience. Jews fulfilled the role of being sufficiently similar to Muslims (in their monotheistic and prophetic beliefs), but also sufficiently different from Muslims (in their rejection of the prophecy of Muhammad) in order to fulfil this role of the ‘non-exemplar’. Mohammed’s research has thus far won the Bernard Lewis Prize, Marguerite Plate and the Gibb Memorial Trust Award, and has been noted for its originality and lone voice in an untapped niche of early Islamic studies. Forthcoming publications include: Muslim-Jewish Harmony: A Politically Contingent Reality, Islam and Judaism: Religious Identity in the Early Islamic Era, Judaeo-Islamic Scriptural Heritage: 'Isma and Sharaf in Ibn Kathir's Stories of the Prophets.

Maan Aldabbagh
Thesis topic: The Scholarly Community of the Hijaz in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
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Saleh Alkhulaifi
Supervisor: Dr Assef Ashraf
Thesis topic: The modern history of the Gulf and the emergence of Gulf states in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Ani Avetisyan
Thesis topic: Early Modern Judaeo-Arabic medical manuscripts
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Zaki Bahrami
Supervisor: Dr Saussan Khalil
Thesis topic: Evaluating Arabic Instructional Materials Used in ASL/ AFL Context in UK
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Vincent Beiler
Thesis topic: Masorah in the Hebrew Bible manuscripts from the Genizah
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James Bejon
Thesis topic: Semantico-Prosographical Connections in Profane Names in the Hebrew Bible
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My thesis will examine the names of the people referred to in the Hebrew Bible and will seek to identify and analyse patterns in the apparent semantic content of those names. Of particular interest to me are case where the semantics of a name can be shown to be related to the circumstances of its bearer. Names from the Near East more broadly are also considered.

Thomas Booth
Thesis topic: Understanding the Causes and Motivations of the Tokusei Protests 1428-1467.
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The tokusei protests (lit. virtuous governance) were a series of rural protests that occurred throughout the Kinai region of Japan between 1428 and 1467. Rural communities marched on Kyoto and Nara demanding a clearance of personal debts and a reduction in annual tax; when refused, they destroyed the property of temples and moneylenders. Military intervention by the shogunate against the protesters ignited a series of uprisings throughout the region. The origins of these protests have exclusively been understood in structural terms: socio-economic deprivation, political opportunity and the mobilising force of the packhorse drivers have been highlighted as the principle causes of the protests. This methodology has downplayed considerations of agency: what motivated, rather than stimulated, the rural population to rise up? Using insights from social psychology, this project aims to shed light on the identity of the tokusei protester and question how they articulated and interacted with the context of fifteenth century rural Japan.

Lina Brüssel
Thesis topic: The Medieval Karaite Transcriptions of Hebrew into Arabic Script Preserved in the Firkovitch Collections
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James Char
Thesis topic: Reassessing the Chinese Communist Party’s War Decision-making: Mao Zedong, the People’s Liberation Army and Strategic Risk Taking, 1935-1948
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Yusuf Chaudhary
Supervisor: Dr Assef Ashraf
Thesis topic: Islamic Intellectual History in the Mongol Ilkhanate (1258-1358); Theological Works of Rashid al-Din al-Hamadhani; Ilkhanid Intellectual Networks
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Madhulika Chebrol
Thesis topic: Critical analysis of the confluence of Mīmāṃsā hermeneutics and Dharma texts
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Critical analysis of the confluence of Mīmāṃsā hermeneutics and Dharma texts in order to evaluate whether the former had the effect of restricting the meaning and rules related to dharma rules through exclusive use of specific interpretative techniques; understanding how much influence and of what kind Mīmāṃsā interpretative techniques had on restricting injunctive texts to certain specific meanings to the exclusion of others. This research is specific to the duties and rights of women and different castes.

Zi Chen
Thesis topic: Paper-offerings craftsman households in contemporary rural Shandong Province
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Xinyi Chen
Supervisor: Prof Yaron Peleg
Thesis topic: Literary encounters of Hebrew and Arabic, the case of Mifgash-Liqa’
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Mi Kwi Cho
Thesis topic: Post-war immigration and discrimination in Japan, focussing on zainichi Koreans.
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My research interest lies in the study of the Japanese minority groups, with a focus on the zainichi Korean community. The period of my research is the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Taisho era where the migration of zainichi Koreans to Japan became apparent.

James Dawson
Thesis topic: Third Front Construction
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John Donegan-Cross
Thesis topic: A Study of the Literary and Material Culture of Early China through the lens of the fenghuang 鳳凰
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Rashaad Eshack
Thesis topic: Japanese migrant, Nikkei, diasporic identity in the Americas
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Rashaad’s research examines the ways that education impacts Japanese diasporic identity construction in Japanese-American, Nikkei, communities. He aims to develop a transnational, historical dissection of the international, national, and community forces that influence the formation of education systems available to Japanese-American children, and the ways in which those schools impact migrant identity. To that end, and in order to transcend a bilateral US-Japan focus in Japanese diaspora studies, he incorporates sources from the US, Japan, and Latin America.

Ahmed Ezzat
Thesis topic: History and politics of modern law in Egypt
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Flavia Xi Fang
Thesis topic: A Whiff of the Silk Road: the Reshaping of the Tang Smellscape
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My research examines how contacts with the wider world through the Silk Roads changed both the smellscape and the olfactory culture in Tang China. Through the close examination of olfactory sensations and perceptions registered in medieval textual and visual sources, I focus on the embodied experience of the people in the Tang and show how cultural exchanges shaped the fundamental ways in which they sensed the world.

Frederick Feilden
Supervisor: Dr Laura Moretti
Thesis topic: From A to B and Back Again? Picturebook Adaptations in Nineteenth-Century Japan
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Freddie is looking at strategies of adaptation in 19th-century Japanese popular literature, with a particular focus on picturebook genres such as yomihon and gōkan. Through analysing the transformations in content and format, he aims to clarify the connections between narrativity, temporality, text and image on the page - ultimately as a means of considering what these creative rewritings may tell us about the relationship between commercial publication and the evolution of readership from late Edo through into the Meiji period.

Jing Feng
Thesis topic: The Making of Codices: Codicological Research on Codices from Dunhuang and Turfan
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Alexandra Forrester
Thesis topic: Constructing authenticity in the case of Chinese Zhengyi Daoist priests
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Maria Gajewska
Thesis topic: Networks of Trust in the First Global Economy
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Tian Gao
Supervisor: Dr Laura Moretti
Thesis topic: Exploring a Uniquely Portable Magic: A Cognitive approach to Japanese Reading Materials for Children
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This research investigates a selection of 'mamehon', commercially printed ‘picturebooks’ packaged for children from late Edo period to early Meiji period, in order to explore how these texts functioned as cognitive tools for enculturation and socialisation within the social context. By focusing on the study of the epistemic, entertaining and educational function of these texts, Tian intends to foster a better understanding of children and childhood in the late Edo period and the Meiji period.

Jiankang Gao
Thesis topic: Development of Chinese Clan Associations in Southeast Asia
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Giulia Garbagni
Thesis topic: Presidential, Post-Imperial and Personal: Envoy Diplomacy in Japan, 1960s-1980s
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Bridging diplomatic history and politics, Giulia’s dissertation is a case-study-led analysis of the role of special envoys in Japanese post-1945 diplomacy incorporating archival research in Japan, the UK, the US and South Korea. It examines how and why, in the early postwar period, Japanese prime ministers often relied on trusted individuals with no diplomatic experience or official affiliation as their personal ‘special envoys’ (technically, ‘executive agents’) – an informal, extra-institutional tool of diplomacy operating outside of established, accountable bureaucratic channels. By exploring the promises and pitfalls of ‘one man diplomacy’, her work grapples with questions that range from the nature of prime ministerial leadership (and its presidentialisation) in Japanese foreign policy making, to the postwar repurposing of imperial-era personal capital and strategic thinking on Japan’s role vis-à-vis Southeast and Northeast Asia. A former AHRC IPS fellow at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), Giulia is a fellow of the Wilson Center's Cold War Archival Research (CWAR) Institute and an incoming Japan Foundation doctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo.

Robert Gard
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Wiktor Gebski
Thesis topic: The Arabic dialect of the Jews of Gabes (Tunisia)
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Kelsey Granger
Thesis topic: Gifts from Afar: The Creation of an Imperial Lapdog in Tang-Song China
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Kelsey Granger is a medieval Chinese and Silk Road historian with a particular interest in the material culture of the Silk Roads. She is currently preparing her doctoral thesis on the phenomenon of lapdog-keeping in Tang-Song China, combining the disciplines of animal studies with social history. Prior to her PhD, she studied for her BA in Chinese Studies at Cambridge with a focus on the political ascendancy of Wu Zetian and completed an MA in Sinology at SOAS with a thesis centred on medieval Chinese perspectives on intercultural marriage.

Choongil (Peter) Han
Thesis topic: North Korea’s Unification Policy
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Peter’s research interest is on the Korean unification question with a specific focus on North Korea’s unification program in the 1980s. His PhD research investigates how international, domestic and South Korean situation influenced Pyongyang’s approach toward unification. Peter is a Gates Cambridge scholar and serves as a member of the National Unification Advisory Council UK.

Monica F He
Supervisor: Dr Heather Inwood
Thesis topic: The censored transmedia storytelling of queer narratives in contemporary China
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Christoph Hess
Thesis topic: Institutions and Small-Scale Industry in China: War, Revolution and Reform
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Calum Humphreys
Thesis topic: Petitioning in Nineteenth-Century Egypt
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Armaghan Khosravi Nia
Thesis topic: The Work and Theoretical Views of Nima Yushij
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Cody Kingham
Thesis topic: Time and Verb Collocations in Biblical Hebrew: A Statistical and Constructional Study
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Elisabeth Kwan
Thesis topic: Sacred sites, Identity, and Revivalism: Local responses to modernity in the Mzāb, Algeria (c. 1850-1920)
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David Jun Lee
Thesis topic: Japan and South Korea's National Security Strategies Amidst US-China Strategic Competition (2013-2020)
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Yizhuo Li
Supervisor: Dr Noga Ganany
Thesis topic: Unfeminine Heroines: The Woman Warrior on Stage in Nineteenth Century China
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Ko-Hang Liao
Thesis topic: Rethinking Defeat: Japan, Chiang Kai-shek and the 'White Group' in Taiwan, 1949-1969
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Ko-Hang’s research analyses the history of the ‘White Group’ – Chiang Kai-shek’s secret Japanese military advisory group consisting of former imperial Japanese officers – as part of what might be loosely termed two consecutive waves of militarisation which shaped Taiwan’s modern trajectory. First, as part of Japan’s mobilisation of its militarised domains in the late-1930s and early 1940s; and second, as part of the Nationalist government’s Total Defence Mobilisation system after 1949. Ko-Hang’s concerns are twofold: first, the impact (or stickiness) of the Japanese imperial military ideas on the development of post-1949 Republic of China military culture and ethos; and second, how was the overlay of Imperial Japanese Army culture forged on the drill grounds of Sagamihara and the battlefields of China in the 1930s became ingrained in aspects of Taiwanese politics, economy, society, and culture? Put simply, the aim of this work is to trace the genealogy and impact of the ‘White Group’ over time and to argue for its centrality to the Nationalist nation-building and developmental state forged in Taiwan after 1949.

Tongkun Liu
Thesis topic: Interfaces in the Chinese ba Construction and Their Representations in Second Language Learners' L2 Chinese Mental Grammars
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Manyun Liu
Thesis topic: Chinese Reflexive 'ziji' in Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Language, and First Language Attrition
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Di Liu
Thesis topic: Pristine Dignity in Troubled Times: The Connoisseurs and Connoisseurship of Ming Furniture in Peking from 1930 to 1950
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Fuyuan Luo
Thesis topic: Working title: Beyond Polarities: The (Re)making of Tibetan Buddhism in Contemporary Chengdu
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Mia (Ye) Ma
Thesis topic: Court, Monastery and Workshop: Refashioning Water-moon Avalokiteśvara Paintings in late Goryeo Korea and Yuan China.
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Mia Ye Ma received her B.A. in Art History from University of St-Andrews and M.A. in Art and Archaeology from SOAS. She is broadly interested in Dunhuang art, 11th-14th century East Asian Buddhist paintings, and the social, cultural and intellectual exchanges among China, Japan and Korea during the Song and Yuan period.

Helen Magowan
Supervisor: Dr Laura Moretti
Thesis topic: Nyohitsu - the construction of femininities through writing
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Helen is investigating women’s writing in premodern Japan. Japanese writing, its calligraphic scripts, letterforms, vocabulary and expression, had gendered aspects which affected - and continue to affect - the manner and form in which people express themselves. Her research focusses on manuals published in the 17th century teaching women how to write in a ‘feminine’ mode, asking what they tell us about femininities in the early-modern period.

Mina Marković
Thesis topic: Imperial and Post-imperial Japan and population policies
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Mina’s research will look at connections between Japanese political and legal history and demographics. The research aims to show how Japan’s rapid modernisation post-1868 affected the livelihood of individuals in terms of migration and reproduction. Japanese history will be examined from the perspective of state and nation building during imperial times and through government plans for reconstruction and population in post-war Japan.

Samuel Martin
Supervisor: Dr Charis Olszok
Thesis topic: Reading the Oil City and the Emergence of the Urban Nomad in Saudi Arabian Film and Literature
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Marc Michaels
Thesis topic: Towards a better understanding of the scribal manual Sefer Tagin.
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William Moriarty
Thesis topic: Tuning In: Nationalist Radio in China
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Ashton Ng
Thesis topic: Han Fei's Ideal Polity
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Cong Peng
Thesis topic: TBC
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Guy Pinnington
Supervisor: Dr Victoria Young
Thesis topic: Attitudes to Zainichi Koreans in postwar Japan; paying particular attention to 2nd generation Zainichi author Yang Seok-il.
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Guy’s research uses literature to address attitudes to Zainichi Koreans in postwar Japan; paying particular attention to 2nd generation Zainichi author Yang Seok-il.In his PhD Guy will expand on this and examine the interrelationship between three writers: Yang Seok-il, Kim Sok-pom, and Yi Hoesong, and scrutinise the ways in which they have come to create the canon of Zainichi Korean literature through writings.

Phra Kiattisak Ponampon
Thesis topic: Dunhuang Manuscript Pelliot chinois 2078: A Study of Meditative Praxis and Visionary Experiences
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Peichao Qin
Thesis topic: Pyromancy and Epigraphy in Late Shang China: A Study of the Hopkins Collection of Oracle Bones in Cambridge University Library
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Jake Rinaldi
Thesis topic: China–North Korea Security Relations
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Paul Rodrigue
Supervisor: Dr Michael Rand
Thesis topic: Working title: Jerome’s translation of the Book of Daniel
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Ido Rosen
Supervisor: Prof Yaron Peleg
Thesis topic: The Influence of Social Media on Film Aesthetic and Production: A Paradigm Shift?
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Theo Rossi
Thesis topic: The transformation of mental healthcare institutions and conceptions of mental illness in 19th-century Egypt
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Ria Roy
Thesis topic: Charismatic leadership; North Korea; religion versus secularism.
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As a Gates Cambridge scholar and a PhD candidate in Korean history with a broader academic interest in Japan and East Asia, I am eager to delve deeper into the question of the manufacture of charisma in North Korea and to trace its transformation from a state committed to Marxist-Leninist views to one that propagates a semi-mystical view of leadership.

Colton Runyan
Thesis topic: Ascending via Awase: Competitions in Heian Japan
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Colton’s PhD research topic concerns the world of premodern sumo wrestling. Specifically he will be looking into the role of the sumo at court, the motivation of the wrestlers, and how sumo was viewed by its spectators. Using sources from the twelfth century onwards Colton’s research will examine the rise, fall and subsequent rise again of sumo; from popularity as a court spectacle, through relative obscurity, to a cultural phenomenon of the Modern era.

Gabrielle Russo
Thesis topic: Arabic literary sponsorship by Turkic elites in the ninth-century 'Abbāsid world
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Gabrielle's research looks at Arabic prose and poetry dedicated to and/or sponsored by Turkic elites. Her work asks whether patronage may help us understand the creation and projection of Turkic identity under the 'Abbāsids. She is currently working with al-Jāḥiẓ's Manāqib al-Turk (The Merits of the Turks), dedicated to the Turkic vizier, al-Fatḥ ibn Khāqān.

Samir Saad
Thesis topic: Arabism, Islamism and legislative politics in Jordan, 1950-1978
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Polina Serebriakova
Thesis topic: Petals of paulownia: sources of aristocratic legitimacy for warrior leaders in Medieval Japan.
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The apex of the Muromachi shogunate is usually attributed to the late fourteenth – first half of the fifteenth century and is strongly associated with the rule of three Ashikaga shoguns: Yoshimitsu, Yoshimochi, and Yoshinori. Each of them went down in history as a warrior leader whose political success was owed much to military force. However, non-military frameworks of subjugation, such as Buddhist ritual, courtly ceremonial, and diplomatic protocol, that allowed the Ashikaga shoguns to establish their legitimacy amongst the elites, are often being overlooked. By analysing these political rituals, this dissertation investigates how the Ashikaga warrior leaders acquired recognition and authority equal to the top-tier aristocracy of Medieval Japan.

Iqan Shahidi
Supervisor: Dr Assef Ashraf
Thesis topic: The concept of decline and decadence in the writings of the contemporary intellectuals of Iran.
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Daniel Sheridan
Thesis topic: Masters of Ceremony: Studies in Chinese Primary Source Descriptions of Sogdian Customs and Ceremonies
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Bingbing Shi
Supervisor: Dr Heather Inwood
Thesis topic: Repeating and Recreating History: Adaptations of Literature in Contemporary Chinese Cinema
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Reyhan Silingar
Thesis topic: Rethinking the emperor as symbol of the state: the “imperial house diplomacy” through the lenses of the Showa emperor’s overseas missions, 1952-75
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Hershini Soneji
Thesis topic: Polemical Rhetoric in the Post-Bhāṣya Vedānta Tradition
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Nick Stember
Supervisor: Dr Heather Inwood
Thesis topic: Low Culture Fever: Chinese Comic Books after Mao 1976-1983
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Shahla Suleiman
Supervisor: Dr Paul Anderson
Thesis topic: TBC
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Jun Tham
Thesis topic: A history of spirit pacification as a mentality and an ideology
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Spirit pacification was a practice that reinforced the ruler’s role as protector of the polity from all threats, including the supernatural, and in Japan, also served to put blame for societal ills on the ruler’s enemies. Due to questions of terminology within and between the fields of scholarship on spirit pacification in China and Japan, the persistent and important link between spirit pacification practice and regime legitimation in the years c.1350-1650 has been overlooked. By setting aside terminology and redefining spirit pacification according to the core features of the practice, the proposed dissertation seeks to write a history of spirit pacification as a mentality and an ideology. In doing so, it has two aims: to investigate how spirit pacification played into regime legitimation, and how its role changed, but did not disappear entirely across the late medieval and early modern periods; and to explore the existence of a common, regional imaginary regarding the dead in East Asia.

Mengyuan Tian
Thesis topic: The contemporary cult of the Yellow Emperor in Henan
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Luigi Ivan Triola
Thesis topic: The role of charisma in shaping New Japanese Religions
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Ivan's PhD research focuses on the role of charisma in the development of New Japanese Religions, especially on Oomotokyo's off-shoot movements, under the supervision of Prof. Mickey Adolphson.

Veronica (Jingyi) Wang
Supervisor: Dr Heather Inwood
Thesis topic: Coming from the People? Renegotiating the ‘Folk’ in 21st Century Chinese Urban Culture: case studies on 'folk' song, poetry and online short videos."
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Hsiaoching Wang
Thesis topic: L2 Acquisition of Wh-indeterminants in Mandarin by English and Korean Speakers.
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Jie Wang
Thesis topic: The Arabic Language and Transnationalism amongst the Chinese Muslims
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Junfu Wong
Thesis topic: Transethnical and Transcultural Patronage: Ethnic Interaction and Structural Organization in Local Communities of Guanzhong Region Northern Wei China
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Jingting Xiang
Thesis topic: Definiteness and Specificity in L2/L3 Mandarin Grammars
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Chuanlong Xiang
Thesis topic: Sino-Korean Trade in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
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Weijun Xu
Thesis topic: Regime Legitimacy, Nationalism, and Foreign Policy Choices in Disputes
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My research focuses on the influence of nationalism on foreign policies. I’m trying to explain why a country/region whose regime legitimacy largely depends on nationalism sometimes adopt policies that are not in line with nationalist opinions when it falls into disputes with another country/region? And I mainly concern about the countries and regions in East Asia.

Jie Yang
Thesis topic: Morality in East Asian Politics
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Jie’s research explores whether morality plays a role in state interaction with one another in the East Asian region; and if it does, what are the specific moral principles and whether they are different with moral principles discussed in conventional (Western) International Relation Theory.

Sheung Chun Jonathan Yeung
Thesis topic: Sino-Japanese interactions in the context of early 20th-century Chinese students in Japan
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Jonathan intends to investigate how nationalistic identities developed amongst a Chinese student community in Tokyo of the early 20th century. By examining student publications as well as official documents and records, Jonathan hopes to place the students’ explorations of identity in a global context, and elucidate the impact of the students’ experience of Japan on wider events happening in China.

Andreas Nabil Younan
Thesis topic: Codification of Sharīʿa in Modern Egypt
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Fei Yuan
Thesis topic: L2 Acquisition and Processing of Chinese Nominal Phrases
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Manjun (June) Zhang
Thesis topic: Religions in Medieval China
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Chenyang Zhang
Thesis topic: L2 acquisition of empty verbs in Mandarin Chinese by English-speaking learners
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Gabriella Wangmu Zhaxi
Thesis topic: China-North Korean Relations
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China-North Korean Relations; Northeast Asia security dynamics; North Korea’s propaganda strategy; US-China relations

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