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Doctoral Fellow, Aug. 2016 - Jul. 2017
Pamela Klasova is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Her dissertation examines Islamic imperial ideology-formation through a case study of al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf al-Thaqafi (d.714), the formidable Umayyad governor of Iraq. While in the study of the early Islamic empire the focus has been on Islamic conquests, she focuses on the ‘soft power’ at play and looks at the role of culture and language in the construction of imperial power. She coordinates a literary approach to later Muslim historical with the study of contemporary material culture and non-Muslim texts. Her research falls into the field of early Islamic history; yet she is approaching it from a broader perspective than usual, hoping to improve on the (to-date) tentative attempts at bringing early Islam out of isolation onto the world stage of late antiquity. Pamela holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a Magister degree in Arabic and Dutch philology from Charles University in Prague.