Daniel Reynolds, doctoral research student at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, has recently been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project ‘Forging the Christian Holy Land 300-1099'. 

Photo from Dr Daniel Reynolds PhD research on Monasticism and Christian Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine

Daniel's doctoral thesis, Monasticism and Christian Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine, c.614-c.950 was supervised by Professor Leslie Brubaker and was passed with no corrections on 17th March 2014.

The research will be undertaken at the Centre between 2014 and 2017 and will focus on the development of the Christian cult landscape in Syria-Palestine from the time of Constantine (324-337) until the First Crusade (1096-1099). In particular, the project aims to dismantle the traditional idea of a ‘pilgrims’ economy’ and stress the importance of local Palestinian involvement in the creation and sponsorship the region’s important Christian holy places. Daniel said,

"I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to continue my research at the Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. The Centre has a long history of world-leading research in Byzantine studies and I hope that my British Academy project will contribute to continuing this legacy."