Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Megan Meagher Receives the Paul S. Lietz Award

Megan Meagher Receives the Paul S. Lietz Award

Senior History major Megan Meagher was recently named the recipient of the 2015 Paul S. Lietz Award. At Loyola, Megan studied the Islamic scriptures with an emphasis on the hadith, the sayings of the prophet Muhammad. Her studies of the hadith were based on the work of Bukhari, a 9th century biographer of Muhammad. Megan's approach to this subject is unique according to the History Department's Dr. Zouhair Ghazzal. "Megan's approach is a multi-disciplinary ethos that comines history with theology and philosophy", he says. "Particularly revealing in this instance is Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of hermeneutics, an approach to text that looks at th particular in relation to a constructed totality."

This fall, Megan will begin graduate studies at the University of Chicago's Divinity School. She will also study Arabic and Hebrew at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. As the Lietz Award recipient, Megan will be presented with the award at the department's reception for graduating students on Monday, May 4 at 2 PM in the Mundelein Palm Court.