Ziad Fahmy



Ziad Fahmy is a Professor of Modern Middle East History at the department of Near Eastern studies. Professor Fahmy received his History Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Arizona, where his dissertation “Popularizing Egyptian Nationalism” was awarded the  Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award (2008) from the Middle East Studies Association.

Professor Fahmy is the author of Street Sounds: Listening to Everyday Life in Modern Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2020);  and Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture (Stanford University Press, 2011).

He is currently writing his third book, tentatively titled, Broadcasting Identity: Radio and the Making of Modern Egypt, 1928-1952. His articles have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, History Compass, and in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His research has been ‎supported by the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Research Center in Egypt.

Courses Taught

  • Women in the Modern Middle East
  • Theory and Method in Near Eastern Studies
  • History of Modern Egypt
  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • Contesting Egyptian Identities
  • Nationalism(s) & Nation-States in the Arab World

Research Focus

  • Nationalism and state formation in the nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East
  • Trans-nationalism and the fluidity of identity in the nineteenth century Mediterranean World
  • Historical sounds and soundscapes
  • Media Studies and the history of early radio



Select Peer Reviewed Journal Articles & Book Chapters: 

  • “Traffic Noise and Classism in Early Twentieth Century Egypt.” Submitted to an Oxford University Press edited volume tentatively titled, The Acoustics of Empire, Co-edited by Priyasha Mukhopadhyay & Peter McMurray. [Scheduled for 2022].

  • "Early Egyptian Radio: From Media-Capitalism to Media-Etatism, 1925-1934.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, special issue on “Media Transitions and Cultural Production in Arab Societies: Trans-historical Perspectives,” co-edited by Barbara Winckler & Teresa Pepe. [Scheduled for 2021]. 
  • An Earwitness to History: Street Hawkers and their Calls in Early Twentieth Century ‎Egypt.” Roundtable. ‎International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 48, no.1 (2016)

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Courses - Fall 2022