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W&L Faculty Members Present Papers at 2022 MESA Conference in Denver Anthony Edwards, Theodore Van Loan and Kameliya Atanasova were featured at the annual event.

Three core faculty members for the Washington and Lee University Middle East and South Asia Studies program presented papers at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, which was held Dec. 1-4 in Denver.

Anthony Edwards, assistant professor of Arabic; Theodore Van Loan, visiting assistant professor of art history; and Kameliya Atanasova, assistant professor of religion, all presented during the sessions held on Dec. 2.

Edwards presented his paper “An Ottoman Nahdawī: The Life and Times of Dr. Ibrāhīm Bey (1822-1864)” during a session that focused on the social and political life of the Ottoman Empire.

Van Loan’s paper “Archive as Archaeological Site: Visualizing the Erich Schmidt Excavations of Rayy” was presented during the session “Recovering Rayy.”

Atanasova’s paper “‘Army Shaykhs’: Ottoman Sufis on the Battlefield” was presented during a session that focused on rulers and scholars in the premodern Islamic world.

Edwards has taught at W&L since 2015, spending two years as a visiting assistant professor and six years as an assistant professor. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from the University of Texas at Austin.

Van Loan is in his first year as a visiting assistant professor at W&L. He has a B.A. in history of art and Near Eastern studies from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in history of art from the University of Pennsylvania.

Atanasova has been a faculty member at W&L since 2017. She earned a B.A. in Asian/Middle Eastern studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in Islamic studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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