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Pascale Ghazaleh

  • Position: Associate Professor and Chair
  • Department: Department of History
  • Email: [email protected]
Brief Biography

Pascale Ghazaleh is chair and an associate professor of history at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Ghazaleh has taught in AUC's history department since 2005. She is an expert on Ottoman history and 19th century Egypt. 

Ghazaleh received her PhD in history (très honorable, félicitations du jury) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris in June 2004. Her dissertation was titled “Généalogies patrimoniales. La constitution des fortunes urbaines: Le Caire, 1780-1830” (Patrimonial Genealogies. The Constitution of Urban Wealth: Cairo, 1780-1830). She received her MA in Arabic studies, with a specialization in Middle East history, from The American University in Cairo in 1997. Her thesis was titled "Crafts and Craftspeople in Cairo, 1750-1850."  Ghazaleh holds a BA in political science and a minor in development studies from The American University in Cairo.

Research Interest
  • State-society relations in the 19th century
  • Labor history
  • Social classifications
  • Legal reform
  • Article: “Guild.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Edited by: Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Brill Online, 2015
  • “Trading in Power: Merchants and the State in 19th-Century Egypt,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45:1, February 2013, p. 71–91
  •  “Autour d’une disparition. Quelques documents concernant l’économie urbaine de l’Égypte au XIXe siècle,” La justice et ses écritures. Pratiques d'enregistrement à l'époque ottomane, special issue (organized by Isabelle Grangaud) of the Revue de l'Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA), Tunis, n° 208, year 74, February 2012, p. 139-163
  • Held in Trust. Waqf in the Islamic World (edited work), AUC Press, Cairo, 2011
  •  “Governance in Transition: Competing Immigrant Networks in Early Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” in The City in the Ottoman Empire. Migration and the Making of Urban Modernity, Ulrike Freitag, Malte Fuhrmann, Nora Lafi, Florian Riedler, eds., Routledge, London, 2011, p. 135-159
  • Fortunes urbaines et stratégies sociales. Généalogies patrimoniales au Caire, 1780-1830 [Urban Wealth and Social Strategies. Patrimonial Genealogies in Cairo, 1780-1830] Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Cairo, 2010 (2 vols.) – reviewed in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient; and the Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques; Arabic translation by Rawia Sadek, currently under press with the Higher Council for Translation and Publishing, Cairo
  • "Cash and Kin Go to Court: Legal Families and Chosen Families in 19th-Century Egypt,” Hawwa, 6, 1, 2008, p. 12-32
  • “L’economia dei diritti. Oggetti, legami et strategie di possesso al Cairo all’inizio del XIX secolo” (An Economy of Rights: Owners, Assets, and Property Relations in Early 19th-Century Cairo), Quaderni Storici 120, 3, December 2005, p. 777-800
  • “Heirs and Debtors: Blood Relatives, Qur’anic Heirs, and Business Associates in Cairo, 1800-1850,” in N. Hanna and R. Abbas, eds., Society and Economy in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean, 1600-1900. Essays in Honor of André Raymond, The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 2005, p. 143-158
  • “Organizing Labor: Professional Classifications in Late 18th- / Early 19th-Century Cairo,” in S. Faroqhi et R. Deguilhem, eds., Crafts and Craftsmen of the Middle East : Fashioning the Individual in the Muslim Mediterranean, I. B. Tauris, London, 2005, p. 235-260
  • “Commis, artisan, ouvrier. La question du salariat en Egypte au XIXe siècle,” Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, 105-106, 2004, “Le travail et la question sociale au Maghreb et au Moyen-Orient,” p. 47-68