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Dr Magdalen Connolly

Tutor, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Magdalen is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge, where she researches written linguistic features of Egyptian Jewish, Muslim and Christian folk tales from the Ottoman period.  After completing her CHESS-funded PhD in Judaeo-Arabic philology at the University of Cambridge (May 2018), under the supervision of Prof. Geoffrey Khan, Magdalen became a part-time Research Assistant at the Cambridge University Library’s Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, where she identifies and catalogues Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts in the Cairo Genizah collections. She continues this work as a Research Associate one day a week. Her research focuses on the orthography, (limited) phonology, morphology and syntax of Judaeo-Arabic, Muslim and Christian Middle Arabic folk tales, working particularly with previously unedited and untranslated manuscripts.