Dr Hussein Omar

Junior Research Fellow

Hussein A H Omar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently a Research Associate at the History Faculty, working on 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’, which examined political ideas, as well as the very emergence of politics as an autonomous category, in Egypt between 1869 and 1914. Other areas of research interest include: how the property endowed to God (waqf) was managed by the colonial and postcolonial state; the limits of pan-Islamism as a political project; and Muslim sovereignty and kingship, before, after and during the Ottoman defeat in the First World War.


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

“Snatched by Destiny’s Hand”: Obituary and the Making of Class 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., (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).