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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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St Edmund's College

Magdalen is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, where she researches written linguistic features of Egyptian Jewish, Muslim, and Christian folktales from the pre-and early modern periods. Magdalen gained a first-class degree in Arabic and Theology at the University of Exeter (2013). After completing her MPhil (2013–2014) and PhD (2014–2018) in Judaeo-Arabic philology, under the supervision of Prof. Geoffrey Khan at Emmanuel College, Magdalen was appointed as a part-time Research Associate at the Genizah Research Unit. Magdalen is also a Fellow and Tutor at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. 


  • Connolly, M.M. ‘Splitting Definitives: The Separation of the Definite Article in Medieval and Pre-Modern Written Judaeo-Arabic’, Journal of Jewish Languages (forthcoming).
  • Connolly, M.M.* and N. Posegay. ‘A Study of Personal Qurʾan Manuscripts Based on Fragments from the Cairo Genizah’, Journal of Qur’anic Studies (forthcoming).
  • Connolly, M.M.* and N. Posegay (2020). “An Arabic Qur’ān, that you might understand’: Qurʾān Fragments in the T-S Arabic Cairo Genizah Collection’, Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 11(3):292–351 (online pre-print:
  • Connolly, M.M. (2020). ‘A Comparative Study of Adverbial Subordination in Egyptian Judaeo-Arabic and Muslim Middle Arabic Versions of Qiṣṣat al-ğumğuma from the Ottoman Period’, Journal of the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World (online pre-print:
  • Connolly, M.M. (2020). “The Tale of the Cairene and the Countryman’: A Late Judaeo-Arabic Narrative Revisited’, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (online pre-print:
  • Connolly, M.M. (2019). ‘Revisiting the Question of ğīm from the Perspective of Judaeo-Arabic’, Journal of Semitic Studies 64(1):155–183.
  • Wagner, E.M.* and M.M. Connolly. (2018). ‘Code-Switching in Judaeo-Arabic Documents from the Cairo Geniza’, Multilingua 37(1): 1-23.

Research interests: 

Cairo Genizah; Arabic; Judaeo-Arabic; Middle Arabic; Jewish-Muslim relations; philology