Isaac Friesen is the 2017 winner of the A. James Reimer Award. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Isaac’s interdisciplinary research examines cultures of interfaith coexistence and everyday ethics in provincial Egypt. He is currently in the process of writing his dissertation which is titled “Navigating Tradition in Provincial Egypt: The Avenues and Ethics of Muslim Crossing into Coptic Spaces”.
Isaac became passionate about the Middle East during his three-year service term with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt. He is a member at his hometown Waterloo North Mennonite Church, and now attends Toronto United Mennonite Church. Isaac is an associate at TMTC and has presented at two TMTC Scholars Forums in recent years. He looks forward to a lifelong collaboration between his academic work and the institutions of the Mennonite Church.