2007 Article Prize - Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh


At the November 2007 business meeting in Montreal, the association's prize committeeŚmade up of Fred Lawson, Geoffry Schad and Annie Higgins--awarded the 2007 Article Prize to Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh's "Deviant Dervishes: Space, Gender and the Construction of Antinomian Piety in Ottoman Aleppo," which was published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies in 2005. The committee commended the essay for its meticulous reconstruction and careful analysis of the life and works of a prominent Sufi figure of the late sixteenth century, and for demonstrating the complex ways in which the memory and legacy of this figure were appropriated by the religious and political authorities in the years after his death. The article resurrects important episodes of rebellious social action in Ottoman Aleppo in an innovative and stimulating way, and pushes the boundaries of the disciplines of social history, religious studies and urban studies, while bringing to light crucial dimensions of the past that had been obscured or invisible.


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