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Manuela Ceballos

Manuela Ceballos

Assistant Professor of Islam, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Field of Study: Religion 

A native of MedellĂ­n, Colombia, Manuela Ceballos studies Islamic and Christian mystical literature in the medieval and early modern Western Mediterranean. She completed her dissertation at Emory University in 2016. She has published articles on mysticism and violence, the historiographical concept of convivencia (the coexistence of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Islamic Spain), and has a forthcoming article on the hagiographical account of a sixteenth-century Muslim saint of Christian and Jewish ancestry. She regularly teaches “Introduction to the Study of Islam,” and other courses that focus on literature, history, and culture in the Muslim West. Before focusing on the study of Islam, Dr. Ceballos earned a B.A in French and Comparative Literature and an M.A. in French from Bryn Mawr College and worked as an English as a Second Language instructor for refugees in Albuquerque, New Mexico.