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GhaneaBassiri wins Guggenheim


The Guggenheim Fellowship is intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College associate professor of religion and humanities, has won a Fellowship to Assist Research and Artistic Creation from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. GhaneaBassiri will use the grant to analyze the mosque as the central institution of Islam and the context through which to explore how Muslims interpreted and established the demands of their religion in varying historical context. He plans to compile his research in a book, The Mosque in Islamic History, which will use both neighborhood and monumental mosques as conduits to explain the role Islamic beliefs and practices have historically played in shaping the ways Muslims relate to different social, political, and natural environments.

The Guggemheim Foundation awards its fellowships based on impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

GhaneaBassiri is currently a national scholar for the National Endowment for Humanities’ Bridging Cultures project on "Muslim Journeys." In 2006, the Carnegie Corporation of New York named him a Carnegie Scholar. He is the author of A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order (Cambridge, 2010).

His scholarship and teaching focus is on the study of religion, the social and intellectual history of early and modern Islam in the Middle East, and American religious history. The central inquiry of his work is to discover how Islamic beliefs and practices interact with specific historical contexts to shape both individual and communal lives.

GhaneaBassiri earned his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in religious studies and his master’s and doctoral degrees in the religion from Harvard University.  He is currently associate professor of religion