Khaled Fahmy is professor of history at The American University in Cairo. After graduating from AUC with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in political science, Fahmy went on to pursue a DPhil from Oxford University. A renowned expert in Middle East studies, Fahmy served as associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University (NYU) before joining AUC as a faculty member.
A Fulbright scholar, Fahmy’s academic contributions have earned him a series of fellowships and honors including the Malcolm Kerr Awards of the Middle East Studies Association for best humanities dissertation (honorable mention) in 1993. Fahmy was also appointed as a faculty fellow from 2000 to 2001 in the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledge, as part of NYU’s International Center for Advanced Studies. He is a member of the Middle East Studies Association, Egyptian Historical Association and American Historical Association.
A prolific writer, Fahmy authored several publications including Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009); All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali Pasha, His Army and the Founding of Modern Egypt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997) and The Body and Modernity: Essays in the History of Medicine and Law in Modern Egypt (Cairo: Dar al-Kutub, 2004).
Fahmy’s research interests focus on the social history of the modern Middle East, with an emphasis on the history of law and medicine. He has also conducted research on discourses and practices revolving around the human body, posing the basic question of: To whom does the body belong? He attempts to address this question by studying the Egyptian history during the 19th century.
Books and scholarly articles:
Anatomy of Justice: Law and Medicine Nineteenth-Century Egypt. University of California Press, forthcoming.
Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2008.
Muhammad Ali and His Sabil. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004. (With Agnieszka Dobrowolska – An Arabic translation was published by Dar al-Shorouk, 2004).
The Body and Modernity: Essays in the History of Medicine and Law in Modern Egypt (Cairo: Dar al-Kutub, 2004) (in Arabic).
All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali Pasha, His Army and the Founding of Modern Egypt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
- An Arabic translation with a new 45-page introduction was published by Dar al-Shurouk, Cairo, 2001.
- A second Arabic edition with a new introduction was published by Dar al-Shorouk in 2011.
- A Turkish translation was published by Bilgi University press in 2010.
- An English paperback edition was published in Spring 2002 by Tthe American University in Cairo Press.
“Muhammad ‘Ali et la nation égyptienne,” in Bonaparte et l’Égypte: Feu et lumières (Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 2008), pp. 324-329.
“Muhammad 'Ali” in The Encylclopedia of Western Colonialism, ed. Thomas Benjamin, (Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2006), v. 2, pp. 808-09.
“Modernizing Cairo: A Revisionist Account,” in Making Cairo Medieval, eds. Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman, and Nasser Rabbat. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005, pp. 173-199.
“The Army: The Pillar of Muhammad Ali's Project” in Muhammad Ali and His Age, ed. Muhammad Sabir ‘Arab (Cairo: Dar al-Kutub, 2005), pp. 109-150. (in Arabic)
“For Cavafy, With Love and Squalor: Some Critical Notes on the History and Historiography of Modern Alexandria,” in Alexandria, Real and Imagined, ed. Anthony Hirst and Michael Silk. London: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 263-280.
“Towards a Social History of Modern Alexandria,” in Alexandria, Real and Imagined, ed. Anthony Hirst and Michael Silk. London: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 281-306.
“Justice, Law and Pain in Khedival Egypt,” in Standing Trial: Law and the Person in the Modern Middle East, ed. Baudouin Dupret. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004, pp. 85-116.
“Justice, Law and the Modern State in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” al-Ruznâme, v. 1, 2003, pp. 397-445. (in Arabic)
“Mutiny in Mehmed Ali’s New Nizamî Army, April - May 1824,” International Journal of Turkish Studies, v. 8, nos. 1-2, Spring 2002, pp. 129-138.
“Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” in Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East, ed. Eugene Rogan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002.
“An Olfactory Tale of Two Cities: Cairo in the Nineteenth Century” in Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon, ed. Jill Edwards. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2002, pp. 155-187.
“The Military and Politics in Egypt: An Historical Overview,” in Armée et nation en Egypte: pouvoir civil, pouvoir militaire, ed. May Chartouni-Dubarry. Paris: IFRI, 2001, pp. 21-42.
“Medicine and Power: Towards a Social History of Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences, Volume 23, No. 2, Summer 2000, pp. 1-45.
“Medical Conditions in Egyptian Prisons in the Nineteenth Century,” in Marginal Voices in Literature and Society: Individual and Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World, ed. Robin Ostle. Strasbourg: European Science Foundation, 2000, pp. 135-153.
“The Role of the Army in Mehmed Ali’s project” in Egypt in the Reign of Mehmed Ali: Reform or Modernization? ed., Raouf Abbas. Cairo: Supreme Council of Culture, 2000, pp.165-276. (in Arabic).
“The Police and the People in Nineteenth-Century Egypt”, Die Welt des Islams, 39 (1999), pp. 1-38.
“The Legal History of Ottoman Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society, 6 (1999), pp. 129-135. (with Rudolph Peters)
“The Anatomy of Justice: Forensic Medicine and Criminal Law in nineteenth-century Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society, 6 (1999), pp. 224-271. (An updated Arabic translation appeared in Justice Between Shari‘a and Reality in Egypt During the Ottoman Era, ed. Nasser Ibrahim and Emad Hilal, Cairo: Egyptian Historical Society, 2002, pp. 213-270.
“The Nation and its Deserters: Conscription in Mehmed Ali’s army,” International Review of Social History, 43 (1998), pp. 421-436. (Subsequently published in a volume edited by E.-J. Zurcher, Rearming the State: Military Conscription in the Middle East and Central Asia, 1775 1925. London, New York: I. B. Tauris, 1999. pp. 59-77).
“Women, Medicine and Power in Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” in Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East, ed. Lila Abu-Lughod. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998, pp. 35-72. (An updated Arabic translation appeared in Social and Professional Guilds in Egypt During the Ottoman Period, ed. Nasser Ibrahim. Cairo: Egyptian Historical Society, 2003, pp. 233-279.)
“Law, Medicine and Society on Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” Egypte/Monde arabe, no. 34, 2e semestre, 1998, pp. 17-51.
“The Era of Mehmed Ali Pasha, 1805-1848”, in The Cambridge History of Egypt, vol. 2, ed. Martin Daly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1998, pp. 139-180.
“Legislating Infitah: Investment, Foreign Trade and Currency Laws,” Cairo Papers in Social Science, Fall 1988, v. 11, no. 3. 114 pp.
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