Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez

Alwaleed Bin Talal Scholar

Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Rebecca was born in Virginia and grew up in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2003 before receiving an MA with distinction in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in 2005. Her master’s thesis, “Exploring the ‘New Fiqh’: A Sociolinguistic Study of an Islamic Legal Opinion,” deals with the issue of American Muslims serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan. She was the John D. Gerhart fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Cairo from 2005 to 2006. She is the co-author of The Literature of Islam: A Guide to the Primary Sources in English Translation. Her current doctoral research examines the identity and legacy of the jurist Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 1505). Her summer research with the Alwaleed Scholarship under the supervision of Dr. John Voll involved translation and analysis of some of al-Suyuti’s writings on the concept of tajdid. The translations were used as course materials in an undergraduate class in which Rebecca also had the pleasure of speaking to the students about al-Suyuti.