Sona is a historian of the Abbasid era of Arab and Muslim history with a PhD in History/Medieval Studies (Central European University, 2018).
Her doctoral research explored notions of unbelief and freethinking in the writings of the eleventh-century Syrian poet Abu’l-‘Ala’ al-Ma’arri (d.1058). Her first MA research at the Yerevan State University dealt with modern Sunni fundamentalist thought, whereas her second MA research at CEU explored the anti-Christian polemics of the famous Muslim thinker Ibn Taymiyya (d.1328). Currently, Sona conducts research for OTTOCONFESSION ERC project. Sona's broader fields of research interest are critique of religion, religious polemics, Arabic literature and intellectual history.