Cairo Papers emerged in 1977, when a group of scholars in the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Social Research Center at AUC developed the idea of the journal. The aim was to produce a monograph series dedicated not only to demonstrate the relevance of Middle Eastern social science vis-à-vis Western theoretical orientations but also to share with dedicated Western scholars the fruits of indigenous research into issues and problems of differential development in the Middle East. The founding members of the Cairo Papers included Profs. Tim Sullivan, Ali Dessouki, Mark Kennedy, Nicholas Hopkins and Asaad Nadim.
Cairo Papers in Social Science is the American University in Cairo’s long-running English-language journal monograph, published by the American University in Cairo Press.
- A key feature of Cairo Papers is interdisciplinarity, best reflected in the diversity of the research published—spanning the fields of political science, economics, sociology, and anthropology, as well as history, journalism, media studies, gender studies, law, arts, and psychology.
- Located in Cairo, Egypt, Cairo Papers’ scope is the production of critical social science and humanities knowledge in and about the Middle East.
- Cairo Papers is committed to promoting emerging scholars in the region mainly through publications and workshops.
- One of Cairo Papers’ missions is to foster the international circulation of knowledge produced in the region by Arabic-speaking scholars and from outlets with limited access to international circuits of the print economy.
- Cairo Papers is dedicated to publishing and debating knowledge produced through original field-based research that is innovative in its methodologies, creative in its questions, and rigorous in its use of conceptual paradigms.
- Cairo Papers provides a critical venue for engaging with timely events emerging in the region from a critical academic and interdisciplinary perspective.
Books from 2021
Books from 2020
Book Chapters from 2019
Understanding the Public Sector in Egyptian Cinema: A State Venture, Tamara Chahine Maatouk
Between Italy and Egypt: Migrating Histories and Political Genealogies, Joseph John Viscomi
Book Chapters from 2018
Oral History in Times of Change: Gender, Documentation, and the Making of Archives: Introduction, Hoda Elsadda and Hanan Sabea
Narrating Gender in Egypt’s Public Sphere: The Archive of Women’s Oral History, Maissan Hassan and Diana Magdy
Palestinian Memory in Light of New Technology: Opportunities and Challenges, Nahawand El Kaderi Issa
Memory, Memoir and Oral History, Jean Said Makdisi
Women’s Activism and Contending Narratives of Liberation in South Africa, Noor Nieftagodien
The Novel as a Repository for Oral and Women’s History, Rafif Saidawy
Book Chapters from 2017
We Are What We Eat, We Were What We Ate, Hala N. Barakat
Politics of Food Aid: From Politicization to Integration, Khaled Mansour
Where is Our Balady Food?, Sara Pozzi and Sara El Sayed
The Food Question in the Middle East - Introduction, Malak S. Rouchdy and Iman A. Hamdy
Book Chapters from 2016
Sport in the Arab World in Postcolonial Context, Mahfoud Amara
Gender and Sport: Adolescent Girls in Upper Egypt, Lamia Bulbul
Soccer: Shaping the Middle East and North Africa, James M. Dorsey
Introduction: Why Study Sports in the Middle East?, Nicholas S. Hopkins
Organizing the Unorganized Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon, Farah Kobaissy
Institutions and Discourses of Sports in the Modern Middle East, Murat C. Yıldız
Sports in Egypt: Mimic–Real Spectrum, Ereny Zarif
Book Chapters from 2015
Tumult, Trauma, and Resilience: Psychological Well-being of Cairenes One Year Following the January 25, 2011 Uprisings, Deena Abdelmonem, Salma N. Mohamed, Tiya Abdel-Malek, and Mona M. Amer
Militarism, Neoliberalism, and Revolution in Egypt, Zeinab Abul-Magd
Islah, from Gift to Right, Yasmine Ahmed
Adapting to Change: Tribal Influence on the 2011–2012 Parliamentary Elections in Aswan Governorate, Hans Christian and Korsholm Nielsen
The Egyptian Economy – A Dream Deferred?, Ellis Goldberg
Islamic Finance in the New Egypt, Clement M. Henry
The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic, Nicholas S. Hopkins
Egyptian Hip-Hop: Expressions from the Underground, Ellen R. Weis
Books from 2014
Book Chapters from 2010
Anthropology in Egypt 1900-67: Culture, Function, and Reform, Nicholas S. Hopkins
Revolutionary Mankind: Egypt and the Time of al Futuwwa, Wilson Jacob
The Death of the Father in Contemporary Tunisian Film, Florence Martin
The Experience of Protest: Masculinity and Agency Among Sudanese Refugees in Cairo, Martin Timothy Rowe
Book Chapters from 2009
Gender, Poverty, and Agro-Biodiversity Conservation in Rural Egypt and Tunisia, Habib Ayeb and Reem Saad
Revisiting Agrarian Transformation in the Arab Region, Habib Ayeb and Reem Saad
Biodiversity and Social Change in Ishkeul National Park, Tunisia, Sonia Ben Meriem
Of Fish and Profit: Large - and Small scale Fishing in Lake Nasser, Hadeer ElShafie
Negotiating Space: The Evolution of the Egyptian Streets, 2000-2011, Dimitris Soudias
Book Chapters from 2008
Kefaya at a turning point, Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid
Sacred Space: an Introduction, David Blanks and Bradley S. Clough
Worker protests under economic liberalization in Egypt, Francoise Clement
Itineraries of Palestinian refugees, Mohamed Kamel Dorai
Knowledge Production and the Visual Medium, Fadwa el Guindi
A feminist movement in Egypt?, Rabab El-Mahdi
A Film Exploration of Sanayeh, a Neighbothood of Beirut, Pascale Feghali
Return Migration and the Burden of Borders, Sari Hanafi
Virtual and real returns, Sari Hanafi
Epistemology of Photographic Evidence: A Response, Angela Harutyunyan