Alba Fedeli awarded CEU Postdoctoral Religious Studies Research Fellowship

September 11, 2015

The Center for Religious Studies has awarded Dr. Alba Fedeli (University of Birmingham) the CEU Humanities Initiative Religious Studies Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, hosted by the Center for Religious Studies. The two-year position commences this September 2015.

Fedeli will be conducting research on Early Quranic Manuscripts and their Relationship as Studied through Phylogenetic Software.

Her recent breakthrough discovery - what may be one of the oldest fragments of the Quran in existence – recently gained wide publicity in the media. Please find the link to the BBC story here:

Fedeli received a doctorate from University of Birmingham on July 10, 2015 on “Early Qur'ānic manuscripts, their text, and the Alphonse Mingana papers held in the Department of Special Collections of the University of Birmingham”. Alba's research included making an electronic edition, which the University of Birmingham Institutional Research Archive has made available on-line. Alba's thesis will also available to the public at the University of Birmingham eTheses repository in May 2017.

The Center for Religious Studies considered 64 applications for the position from scholars around the world.

The Center for Religious Studies is an academic forum at CEU fostering the study of religion. The mission of the center is to initiate and to coordinate research and to disseminate the results of research by mounting and fostering academic events and publications that address religion-related questions in critical ways. The Center also oversees the Specialization Religious Studies, awarding CEU students with an Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies. More information on the Center and the Specialization Religious Studies is available on its website: