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Pembroke Alumnus Fitzroy Morrissey elected to prestigious Examination Fellowship at All Souls College

19th December 2017

We are thrilled to report that Pembroke alumnus, Fitzroy Morrissey (Arabic and Islamic Studies, 2010), has been elected to an Examination Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. Every autumn, All Souls seeks to elect Examination Fellows, also known as Prize Fellows. The College normally elects two from a field of fifty or more candidates. Fitzroy commented: ‘It is a tremendous honour to have been elected to a fellowship at All Souls… I’m already enjoying the opportunity to get to know many of the fellows, who are all illustrious scholars in their respective fields or distinguished contributors to public life.’

Fitzroy has been touched by the many messages of congratulations from Pembroke’s community. He told us: ‘I’ll always be very grateful to the College for giving me my initial opportunity at Oxford and supporting me through my undergraduate studies - especially to Christopher Melchert and Nicolai Sinai, my former tutors. It’s thanks to them that Pembroke has such a thriving Arabic and Islamic Studies community!’

Over the course of his fellowship Fitzroy will be completing his doctorate in Islamic Studies. He told us a little more about his research: ‘I’m looking at the thought of an influential late medieval Sufi Muslim called al-Jili, focusing particularly on how he viewed other religions. After that I plan to develop a new post-doctoral project on modern Islamic thought. Given its unparalleled research community and fantastic resources - such as the magnificent Codrington Library - All Souls is an ideal environment to pursue my research.’

Fitzroy Morrissey
Fitzroy Morrissey