Dr Hussein Omar

Dr Hussein Omar

Junior Research Fellow and Research Associate (Pembroke College and the History Faculty)
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Hussein A H Omar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Pembroke College and the History Faculty, as part of the 'First World War and Global Religions’ project. His postdoctoral research examines the anticolonial insurrectionary movements in Egypt and Iraq between 1919-1920. It builds on his doctoral thesis, ‘The Rule of Strangers: Empire, Islam and the Invention of "politics" in Egypt, 1867-- 1914’, which examined political ideas, as well as the very emergence of politics as an autonomous category, in Egypt between 1867 and 1914. Other areas of research interest include: how the property endowed to God (waqf) was managed by the colonial and postcolonial state; the emergence of 'minority rights' claims among Egyptian Christians; and Muslim sovereignty and kingship, before, after and during the Ottoman defeat in the First World War.

He is also writing a book called City of the Dead which tells the story of Egypt and the Mediterranean world through the lives of the members of a single family over 500 years.

Current Teaching:

  • Imperial and Global History, 1750- 1914.
  • The Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1830- 1971.
  • Eurasian Empires, 1450- 1800.
  • The Global Twentieth Century, 1930- 2003.
  • 1919: Remaking the World.
Selected Publications: 

‘Arabic Thought in the Liberal Cage’, in Islam After Liberalism, Faisal Devji and Zaheer Kazmi, eds., (London and New York: Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2017).

‘“Snatched by Destiny’s Hand”: Obituary as Source and Subject in Modern Egypt’, in History Compass, 2017.

 “‘And I saw no reason to chronicle my life”: Tensions of Nationalist Modernity in the Writings of Fathalla Barakat Pasha’, in The Long 1890s in Egypt, Marilyn Booth and Antony Gorman, eds., (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014).

‘The State of the Archive: Manipulating Memory in Modern Egypt’, in Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures, William Carruthers, ed., (London and New York: Routledge, 2014).

‘The Crinkly Haired People of the Black Earth: Examining Egyptian Identities in Ibn Abd al-Hakam’s Futuh,’ in History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East, Philip Wood, ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).