Hilary Kalmbach joined New College as the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow in October 2010. Her research focuses on Islam in modern Middle Eastern societies, especially on how structures of leadership, authority and education have changed throughout nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt and Syria.
Her doctorate examines Cairo's Dar al-'Ulum teacher's training college (today Cairo University's College of Dar al-'Ulum) during the first half of the twentieth century. It places an institutional history in a context of social, linguistic and religious change, looking specifically at the role played by prominent graduates in the modernization of Arabic and Islam. Her next projects relate to changes in Egyptian Islamic activity throughout the twentieth century.
Hilary first researched another topic of interest, female Islamic leadership, while on a year-long Fulbright Fellowship in Damascus, Syria. In addition to publishing an award-winning article on this topic, she recently co-organized a conference and edited volume project bringing together analysis of this topic in countries around the world. She also runs a research network for scholars interested in this topic.
Before coming to New College, Hilary studied at St Antony’s College, Oxford and Princeton University. For further information, please see: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1959/