|Doctoral candidate in religion named a 2012 Newcombe Fellow|
|Monday, April 30, 2012|
Gregory “G.A.” Lipton, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was selected as one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2012.
Lipton’s dissertation, “Making Islam Fit: Ibn ‘Arabi and the Idea of Sufism in the Secular Age,” explores the contemporary Western reception of the 13th century Muslim mystic Ibn ‘Arabi and its implications. Lipton also completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNC.
The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. It was created in 1981 and is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Each 2012 fellow will receive an award of $25,000.
The fellows were selected from an applicant pool of 550. They include scholars in religion, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, political science, art history, Asian studies and Near Eastern studies and come from 13 institutions nationwide.
Over the past three decades, the Newcombe Fellowship has supported just over 1,100 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty members at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
Woodrow Wilson Foundation press release: http://www.woodrow.org/news/news_items/WW_NewcombeFellowsNamed_2012.php