Cecilia Palombo

Graduate Assistant

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BA: University of Rome “La Sapienza”

MPhil: University of Oxford


Cecilia is a fourth-year graduate student in the Near Eastern Studies Department. Her research focuses on questions of social relations and state formation in the Early Islamic period. Her PhD project deals with the role of Church institutions in the administration of Egypt and Syria during the first five centuries of Islamic rule, and she has a background in Classics, late antique history, and archival sciences. She has been exposed to DH thanks to exciting projects in Middle Eastern studies that deal with the creation of open-acess repositories of sources from the pre-modern period, morphological tagging, and text reuse detection.