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Ziad Fahmy

Associate Professor

Ziad Fahmy

White Hall, Room 416


Ziad Fahmy is an Associate 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. His first book, Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture (Stanford University Press, 2011), examines how, from the 1870s until the eve of the 1919 revolution, music, popular media and culture provided ordinary Egyptians with a framework to construct and negotiate a modern national identity. 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. Professor Fahmy is currently writing another book tentatively titled, Listening to the Street: Sound, Noise, and Soundscapes in Twentieth Century Egypt, 1900-1950. 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




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  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • History
  • Near Eastern Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • History
  • Near Eastern Studies


  • 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