The Robbins Collection and Research Center is proud to announce that former Robbins Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Fellow Lena Salaymeh was recently elected to the prestigious chair in Sunni Islam at the École pratique des hautes études, section des Sciences religieuses, in Paris. The École pratique des hautes études is counted among France’s most prestigious research and higher education institutions. In 2017, Lena won the AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Textual Studies for her book, The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, she organized a 2014 conference, Implementing Religious Law in Contemporary Nation-States: Definitions and Challenges. She also spent some time revising her dissertation, which became the basis for the book, and worked on several papers to be published. From 2018 to 2019, Lena was a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. The following year she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, where she established the Decolonial Law Project. Earlier this year she was awarded a fellowship at Oxford University for her project, “Revolving in Modernity or Revolting Against it?,” through their Global Professorship program.