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Ayah Aboelela

M.A. in World History

Ayah Aboelela graduated from UMass Boston in 2021 summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Arabic studies. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in World History and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at Northeastern University. Among other software-related research experiences, Ayah trained artificial intelligence models for named entity recognition and optical character recognition for classical Arabic manuscripts. Her research interests include the Ottoman Empire and its provinces, especially colonial Egypt, the Hijaz, and the religious and intellectual networks that linked them. Her writing has been published by Traversing Tradition, The Qarawiyyin Project, and MuslimMatters among others. Ayah hopes to combine her background in software and love for history and storytelling to make historical stories more accessible to both academic and non-academic audiences.

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Cohort: 2021

Research Interest: Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Hijaz, Colonialism, Intellectual History, Digital Humanities

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