Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Middle East
Dr Elvire Corboz joined IMES as lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Middle East in 2018. She first studied Arabic and Islamic Studies (along with her other major in musicology) in Switzerland at the University of Geneva. She then earned an MPhil in modern Middle Eastern Studies, followed by a DPhil in Oriental Studies (2010), both from the University of Oxford. Before coming to Edinburgh, she worked as postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Princeton University (2011-2013), lecturer at Rutgers University (2013-2014), and assistant professor at Aarhus University.
DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford (2010)
MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford (2005)
Licence ès Lettres in Musicology and in Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2003)
- Islamic Movements in the 20th-21st Century (Honours) (course organiser)
- Iraq: From "Republic of Fear" to the Islamic State (Honours) (course organiser)
- History and Culture of Iran (team taught)
- Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East (course organiser)
- Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (team taught; course organiser)
- Research Methods and Problems in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (team taught)
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Dr Corboz's research interests are in contemporary Shi‘ism, with a particular focus on the Shi‘i clerical establishment and its transnational networks, Iraqi Shi‘i Islamism, as well as Shi‘i communities and institutions in the United Kingdom. She is also interested in the study of Sunni-Shi'i relations, especially in European contexts.
Dr Corboz has been involved in the following collaborative projects:
2018: Lead applicant in the project ‘Sunni-Shi‘i Relations in Europe’, funded under the workshop grant scheme by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS).
2015–2018: Affiliated researcher in the project ‘SWAR: Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts’, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research – Social Sciences (FSE).
2012–2013: Core group member in the project ‘Traditional Authority and Transnational Religious Networks in Contemporary Shi‘i Islam: Results from Recent Empirical Research’, Oxford-Princeton Collaborative Grant.
Past project grants
2018 ‘Sunni-Shi‘i Relations in Europe’, funded under the workshop grant scheme by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS).
Shi‘i clerical networks and the transnational contest over sacred authority
Iraq’s sources of emulation
The definition of scholarly capital in Iraq's Contemporary Marja'iyya field
[Al-]Khoei Benevolent Foundation
The Najafi Marja'iyya in the age of Iran's Vali-ye Faqih (Guardian Jurist)
Guardians of Shi’ism
Khomeini in Najaf
Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation
Khoʾi, Abol-Qāsem al-
Ḥizb al-Daʿwah al-Islāmīyah