Chris Ahrens

Chris Ahrens

PhD Student


Chris Ahrens is a PhD Student in Religious Studies, focusing their studies on manifestations of and interactions with Islamic material and visual culture, in particular the Iberian Peninsula and its tradition of Arabic-script calligraphy. They are currently working on orienting the Andalusian calligraphic script in the broader continuity of Kufic-influenced styles of writing. They are also interested in modern forms and styles of Islamic calligraphy, particularly artists and works which deviate strongly from traditional styles and methods.


BA, Religious Studies, Global Studies, College of William and Mary, 2020

Research Interests

Islamic material and visual culture 

Islamic calligraphy

Archival science and method

Religion and Futurism

Research Areas
Material and Visual Culture
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