Visiting Scholars and Fellows


Chris Wilson
Qasid Scholar

Chris Wilson is a PhD candidate in the history of the modern Middle East at the University of Cambridge, where he also did his BA and MPhil. His doctoral dissertation examines the ways in which the British mandatory government conceptualised, encountered, and sought to manage mental illness in Palestine between 1920 and 1948. 

Faizul Redhwan Karim
Qasid Scholar

Faizul Redhwan Karim completed his BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies and MA in Islamic Studies. He has also studied in various capacities in Egypt, Oman and Bosnia. He is currently a PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London, working on the the concept of gender relations in the Qur'ān. His research interests include feminist hermeneutics of the Qur'ān, exegesis of the Qur'ān and Medieval Arabic thought.

Dr Sarah Elliott
CBRL Research Fellow (

Sarah Elliott works as an environmental archaeologist specialising in phytolith analysis, micromorphology, portable x-ray fluorescence, spherulite analysis (including smear slide analysis) and ethnoarchaeology. She holds a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and an MSc in Geoarchaeology from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the Neolithic of the Near East and her PhD investigated an integrated multi-scalar and multi-proxy approach to the identification and analysis of ancient faecal material.

As part of the CZAP project she investigated early animal management and secondary product use in Iraq and Iran through the identification of animal penning and microscopic signature of dung in Neolithic villages. She has also helped develop an ethnoarchaeological project investigating animal husbandry in Iraqi Kurdistan with a range of animal, plant and environmental data. In 2014-15 she worked as a Research Assistant on the INEA Project co-directed by Bournemouth University and the CBRL.The aim of the project was to integrate ethnographic investigation with phytolith and geochemical methods to identify activity areas and construction materials within settlements.

During here fellowship at the CBRL she will develop ethnoarchaeological projects. She will collect a modern dung reference collection in Jordan from a range of species, vegetation zones and in different seasons.  She will also collect additional data which will be analysed and then compared against the INEA results.

Past CBRL Fellows and Scholars at the British Institute in Amman include:


Dr Oroub El AbedDr Jamie Allinson, Dr Alex BellemDr Francesca Burke, Dr Lucy Bennison-ChapmanDr Jennie Bradbury, Dr Michael G. Brown, Dr Paul Burtenshaw, Alison Damick, Dr Kay Dickinson, Allison Hartnett, Dr Christopher Harker, Dr Piotr Jacobbson, Shazia Jagot, Yusuke KawamuraProf. Christopher KnüselDr Phil LeechDr Ebtihal MahadeenDr Lisa MaherDr Simon Mills, Dr Marta Pietrobelli, Dr Claire Rambeau, Zoe-Louise Robinson, Dr Jehan Saleh, Dr Micaela Sinibaldi, Stefan L. Smith, Dr Hanan Toukan, Dr Lucy WadesonDr Andrea Zerbini, Dr Tiffany Chezum, Reema Salha Fadda, Dr Vanessa Iaria, Dr Marlena Whiting.

Past British Institute Amman - Qasid Arabic Institute Scholars:

Craig Browne, Rachel Dryden, John Hayhurst, Dr Ahmad Khan, Dr Kevin James Lewis, Caelum Moffatt, Beckie Ryan, Claire Thong, Matthew Vickery, Jonathan Peters, Guy Eyre, Olivia Mason, Lauren Hayles, Ann-Christin Wagner, Frederick Wojnarowski.

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