Khaled
Fahmy

Position
Professor
Department
Department of History

Profile

Brief Biography

After graduating from The American University in Cairo with a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s 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. 

Fahmy 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).

Education

PhD, 1993, University of Oxford, England, United Kingdom.

MA, 1988, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

BA, 1985, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Research Interests

Social history of the Modern Middle East (emphasis on law and medicine)
Gender studies

Awards and Honorary Degrees

  • 2000 - International Center for Advanced Studies (ICAS)
  • 1993 - Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • 1993 - Middle East Studies Association

Courses Taught

  • The Making of the Modern Arab World.
  • Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East.
  • Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East.
  • Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History.
  • Survey of Arab History.

Publications

Books

  • Anatomy of Justice: Law and Medicine in 19th-Century Egypt, University of California Press.
  • كل رجال الباشا: محمد علي وجيشه وبناء مصر الحديثة, Dar al-Shorouk.
  • Kavalalı Mehmed Ali Paşa, Ordu ve Modern Mısır, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları.
  • Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt, Oneworld Publications.
  • Muhammad Ali and his Sabil, The American University in Cairo Press.
  • The Body and Modernity: Essays in the History of Medicine and Law in Modern Egypt (in Arabic), Dar al-Kutub.
  • كل رجال الباشا: محمد علي وجيشه وبناء مصر الحديثة, Dar al-Shorouk.
  • All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali Pasha, His Army and the Founding of Modern Egypt, Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapter

  • “Birth of the "Secular" Individual: Medical and Legal Methods of Identification in 19th-Century Egypt,” Oxford University Press.
  • “Muhammad ‘Ali et la nation égyptienne,” Institut du Monde Arabe.
  • “Modernizing Cairo: A Revisionist Account,” Lexington Books.
  • “The Army: The Pillar of Muhammad Ali's Project (in Arabic),” Dar al-Kutub.
  • “For Cavafy, With Love and Squalor: Some Critical Notes on the History and Historiography of Modern Alexandria,” Ashgate.
  • “Justice, Law and Pain in Khedival Egypt,” IB Tauris.
  • “Towards a Social History of Modern Alexandria,” Ashgate.
  • “An Olfactory Tale of Two Cities: Cairo in the 19th Century,” The American University in Cairo Press.
  • “Prostitution in 19th-Century Egypt,” IB Tauris.
  • “The Anatomy of Justice: Forensic Medicine and Criminal Law in 19th-Century Egypt (in Arabic),” Egyptian Historical Society.
  • “The Military and Politics in Egypt: A Historical Overview,” Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI).
  • “The Role of the Army in Mehmed Ali’s Project (in Arabic),” al-Majlis al-'ʻlá lil-Thaqāfah.
  • “The Nation and its Deserters: Conscription in Mehmed Ali’s Army,” IB Tauris.
  • “The Era of Mehmed Ali Pasha, 1805 - 1848,” Cambridge University Press.
  • “Women, Medicine and Power in 19th-Century Egypt,” Princeton University Press.

Articles

  • “The Essence of Alexandria,” Manifesta Journal.
  • “Justice, Law and the Modern State in Mid-19th-Century Egypt (in Arabic),” al-Ruznâme.
  • “Mutiny in Mehmed Ali’s New Nizamî Army, April - May 1824,” International Journal of Turkish Studies.
  • “Medicine and Power: Towards a Social History of Medicine in 19th-Century Egypt,” The American University in Cairo Press.
  • “The Anatomy of Justice: Forensic Medicine and Criminal Law in 19th-Century Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society.
  • “The Legal History of Ottoman Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society.
  • “The Police and the People in 19th-Century Egypt,” Die Welt des Islams.
  • “Law, Medicine and Society in 19th-Century Egypt."
  • “The Nation and its Deserters: Conscription in Mehmed Ali’s Army,” International Review of Social History.

Research and Teaching Material

  • Hosni Mubarak, Oxford University Press.
  • Muhammad 'Ali, Macmillan Reference.

Services

  • Committee member, Search committee for African History Position
  • Committee chair, Search committee for US History Position
  • Board member, Al-Mawred Culture Resource Center
  • Board member, Greater Cairo Library
  • Committee chair, National Archives of Egypt Committee to document the January 25 Revolution
  • Member, National Archives of Egypt Committee to draft a new archives law
  • Committee member, Tenure Committee for Samer Soliman, The American University in Cairo

In the Media

  • Quoted in Matt Bradley's article, Egypt's Brotherhood Considers Presidency, 2012.
  • Quoted in Patrick Cockburn’s editorial titled The True Price of Egypt’s Freedom, 2012.
  • Appeared on the program to talk about the recent tension between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, 2012.
  • Quoted by Matt Bradley in his article titled Egypt's Christians Bid Farewell to Patriarch, 2012.
  • Interviewed on Pope Shenouda's death, 2012.
  • Interview on the Egyptian revolution viewed in historical perspective, history curricula in Egyptian school textbooks and the challenges facing the Muslim Brotherhood following their victory in the recent parliamentary elections, 2012.
  • Interview on the demonstrations in Cairo following the events in Port Said, 2012.
  • Interview on the events in Port Said, 2012.
  • Interview on SCAF, 2011.
  • Interview on the SCAF's blunders, 2011.

Email: khaled.fahmy@aucegypt.edu