Mandana Limbert Awarded NEH Fellowship for ‘Becoming Arab’ Project

Professor Mandana Limbert (GC/Queens, Anthropology) has been awarded a 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for her project, “Oman, Zanzibar, and the Politics of Becoming Arab.” 

Limbert was selected for the highly competitive award for “pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.”

The fellowship provides up to $50,400 in funding for a year of research, with the aim of producing articles, monographs, and other scholarly resources in the humanities. Fewer than 10 percent of proposals are approved annually.

Limbert’s project explores the notion of Arab, and its transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that “we must look beyond the boundaries of the Middle East and to the Arab world’s own colonial histories” in order to understand the complexity of the notion. She focuses on Omani and British colonialism in Zanzibar, drawing on research about the social lives of Omani migrants to Zanzibar.

Limbert has published numerous scholarly articles, and her book, In the Time of Oil: Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town (Stanford University Press, 2010) was hailed as “timely and important” by Arab Studies Journal Reviews.

Submitted on: DEC 22, 2015

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