Junior Fellow (2016-2017)
As a Science, Religion, and Culture Junior Fellow, Julia Hintlian is pursuing research on how the philosophical and theological ideas of Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya alRazi were preserved in reproductions of his renowned medical texts. Julia graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2016 with a major in Religious Studies and minors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and South Asia Studies. She has experienced internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities working with religion in Nepal, Armenia, Morocco, Turkey, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. She speaks English, French, and Modern Standard Arabic with high degrees of proficiency and she also has experience with Eastern Armenian, Turkish, and Irish Gaelic. As an undergraduate, Julia completed independent research on social trends in Christian periodicals in the 1930’s and 1940’s, on the significance of narrative structure in the maintenance of largescale religious traditions in India, on the intersections of religious and secular society in modernday Nepal, and on the AleviAlawite relationship in Turkey and Syria. In addition to being a Science, Religion, and Culture Junior Fellow, Julia will also be a Dean’s Fellow in the Master of Theological Studies program at Harvard Divinity School, a Religious Studies Fellow with the Armenian General Benevolent Union, and a Graduate Fellow in the Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honor Society. Julia’s other research interests include the transmission of religious ideas between Indian, Persian, and Armenian spheres of influence around the turn of the Common Era, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Gnosticism, and the Silk Road and Inner Asian religion in late antiquity.
For more about Julia's work, read An Interview with Julia Hintlian.