Gretchen Belnap undertook the Muslim-Jewish Relations pathway of the MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research project, which was supervised by Professor Geoffrey Khan and Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner, focused on Sufi literature in the Cairo Genizah manuscript collection. In her research, Gretchen hoped to shed more light on the development of Sufi devotional practices and the transmission of Sufi literature in Egypt during the High Medieval Period.
Gretchen has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Brigham Young University. Following her BA, she continued her study of Arabic with a fellowship at the American University in Cairo. She worked for several years in education, but most recently as an editor, before beginning her studies at Cambridge.
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