Tuğrul Acar is a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s joint program in the History of Art and Architecture and Middle Eastern Studies since 2018. His work focuses on Islamic art and architecture during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. His dissertation project, tentatively titled “The Shrine of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Mevlevi Socioreligious Spaces in Anatolia, (1270-1506)” will investigate the networks of patronage, pilgrimage practices to Sufi shrines, and their phenomenological dimensions. Tugrul holds a BA in history from Boğaziçi University and an MA in art history from the University of Texas, Austin. Among his interests are Islamic aesthetic perceptions of marble and spolia materials and the sociocultural agency of Sufi complexes and madrasas in the medieval and early modern Islamic world.