Former student of the Khalili Research Centre Dr Cailah Jackson (DPhil, 2017) has been awarded the 2018 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic by The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. She shares the first-place prize with Dr Polly Withers (PhD, 2016, University of Exeter). The prize committee stated that the thesis was “truly a major original achievement, publishable virtually as it stands”.

Cailah also recently won the 2017 Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture for her article entitled, “The Illuminations of Mukhlis ibn ʿAbdullah al-Hindi: Identifying Manuscripts from Late Medieval Konya" which the judges deemed “a meticulous and clearly articulated study”. The prize is given by the Historians of Islamic Art Association for the best unpublished essay by a young scholar.
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