Erin Atwell

Erin Atwell
Advisor(s): Tahera Qutbuddin
Arabic Language and Literature

Academic Bio

Erin Atwell is a PhD student in Classical Arabic Literature and Anthropology studying the translation and transformation of early ethical concepts that contribute to Islamic traditions of argument and disputation. She is particularly interested in the concepts of taqwā and imān, examining how conceptual translation of these concepts informs styles of reasoning and the process of ethical self-cultivation in ongoing forms of life. Erin’s research engages hadith and khutbah literature; anthropology of religion; and philosophical anthropology. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago, an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity school. Erin’s background in peacebuilding and emergency response work in Egypt, Iraq, and with Syrians in southern Turkey deeply inflects her approach to religion and social life.