Christopher Cooper-Davies

PhD Candidate in Modern Middle Eastern History
I am an AHRC funded PhD Candidate in the History Faculty and an honorary PhD scholar at the Woolf Institute. Before coming to Cambridge, I completed an MA in Middle Eastern History from SOAS and a BA in History from Queen Mary, University of London.
My PhD research, supervised by Dr Andrew Arsan, explores how the Shi’i community in Iraq responded to the momentous political, social and economic changes which swept across the Middle East in the early twentieth century. By using journals published in the city of Najaf by Iraqi intellectuals and clerical figures, I reconstruct how the community navigated the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and approached emergent intellectual and ideological currents such as Arab and Iraqi nationalisms, social and religious reform, and issues of sectarianism.

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