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Kalmbach, Hilary

Lecturer (Assist/Assoc Professor) in Middle Eastern History, History


Hilary Kalmbach holds a Lectureship (Assist/Assoc. Professor) in the History Department at University of Sussex. Her research focuses on culture, art, and religion in the Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa, with particular attention on authority, knowledge, education, and gender. She is the founding director of MENACS, the Middle East and North African Centre at Sussex. Dr Kalmbach previously held a postdoctoral position, the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellowship at New College, Oxford. She was a doctoral student and Clarendon Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she submitted a dissertation on Cairo's Dar al-'Ulum teacher training college. She won the 2007 BRISMES Graduate Article Prize. Before arriving in Oxford, she earned an AB in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria. She is on the Councils of the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), and is President of the Syrian Studies Association. Her monograph Islamic Knowledge and the Making of Modern Egypt (forthcoming with Cambridge) establishes a 130-year history for the conflict over the role of Islam in the Egyptian public sphere that led to the failure of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. In so doing, it presents a new explanation for the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the most-influential Muslim mass revivalist movement of the twentieth century. Her next project is a cultural history of Islamic art.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Colonialism   
Modernization   
Gender/Women's Studies   
Islamic Studies   
History of Religion   
Education   
Historiography   
History of Science   
19th-21st Centuries   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Islamic World   
Arabian Peninsula   
Tunisia   
Oman   
Morocco   
Egypt   
Syria   
SPECIALTIES
Islamic art (esp. geometric, ceramic)   
Cultural & Social History, esp. in ME   
Islamic authority, leadership, education   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Intermediate)   
German (Intermediate)   
English (Native)   
EDUCATION
DPhil2012Oriental StudiesUniversity of Oxford
MSt2006Oriental StudiesUniversity of Oxford
BA2004Near Eastern StudiesPrinceton University
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Hilary Kalmbach






Arts A, Room A172
School of History, Art History, and Philosophy
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QN
United Kingdom
h.kalmbach@sussex.ac.uk

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