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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Affiliated Researcher
Middle Eastern Studies
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Eastern Mediterranean and West Asia, material cultures and religious transitions, late antiquity to the early modern period. 

Sparked by an early interest in Renaissance Italy, Elizabeth Fowden studied Classics, specializing in late antique history and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her PhD thesis, supervised by Peter Brown at Princeton University and later published as The Barbarian Plain: Saint Sergius between Rome and Iran (Berkeley 1999), examines religious, political and architectural crosspollination in late antique and early Islamic Syria. The after-life of artistic forms and religious ideas freed from their original contexts is a dominant theme throughout her teaching and research. In her current book project, The Parthenon Mosque, Fowden applies her interest in Islamic re-formulation of the Classical and Christian inheritance to the early modern conjunction of Greek, European and Ottoman views of Athens’ most celebrated building. 

From 2016-2021, Fowden is Senior Research Associate on the ERC-funded project 'Impact of the Ancient City' with Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (PI), Classics, and Amira Bennison (Advisory Board), FAMES.