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Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Salwa Ismail

BA (American University in Cairo), MA (McMaster), PhD (McGill)


Salwa Ismail
Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Professor Salwa Ismail
Email address:
020 7898 4740
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 & 2, 2015/16


PhD Students supervised
  • Veronica Ferreri, Creating a Syrian Subject, perceiving the Syrian State. Displacement, violence and fantasy of the state among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Syria


Authored Books

Ismail, Salwa (2006) Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters. Encountering the Everyday State. University of Minnesota Press.

Ismail, Salwa (2006) Rethinking Islamist Politics: Culture, the State and Islamism. London: I. B. Tauris. (Paperback edition, with new preface)

Ismail, Salwa (2003) Rethinking Islamist Politics. Culture, the State and Islamism. London: I.B. Tauris.

Book Chapters

Ismail, Salwa (2014) 'The Politics of the Urban Everyday in Cairo: Infrastructures of Oppositional Action.' In: Parnell , Susan and Sophie, Oldfield, (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South. New York: Routledge, pp. 269-280.

Ismail, Salwa (2009) 'Producing ‘Reformed Islam’: A Saudi Contribution to the US Projects of Global Governance.' In: al-Rasheed, Madawi, (ed.), Kingdom Without Borders. London; New York: Hurst and Columbia University Press, pp. 113-133.

Ismail, Salwa (2009) 'Youth, Gender and the State in Cairo: Marginalized Masculinities and Contested Spaces.' In: Khalaf, Samir and Khalaf, Roseanne, (eds.), Arab Society and Culture. London: Saqi.

Ismail, Salwa (2009) 'Changing Social Structure, Shifting Alliances and Authoritarianism in Syria.' In: Lawson, Fred, (ed.), Demystifying Syria. London: Saqi Press, pp. 13-28.

Ismail, Salwa (2008) 'Being Muslim: Islam, Islamism and Identity Politics.' In: Khalili, Laleh, (ed.), Politics of the Modern Arab World. London: Routledge Publications. (Critical concepts in the modern politics of the Middle East)

Ismail, Salwa (2004) 'Is there an Islamic Conception of Politics?' In: Leftwich, Adrian, (ed.), What is Politics? London: Polity, pp. 147-167.

Ismail, Salwa (2004) 'The Politics of Historical Revisionism: New Re-readings of the Founding Period of Islam.' In: Browers, Michaelle and Kurzman, Charles, (eds.), Is there an Islamic Reformation? Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, pp. 101-124.

Ismail, Salwa (2003) 'Islamic Political Thought.' In: Ball, T. and Bellamy, R., (eds.), The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, pp. 579-601.

Ismail, Salwa (1995) 'Democracy in Contemporary Arab Intellectual Discourse.' In: Brynen, Rex and Korany, Bahgat and Noble, Paul, (eds.), Political Liberalization and Democratization in the Arab World. Vol.1: Theoretical Perspectives. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner, pp. 93-111.


Ismail, Salwa (2013) 'Urban Subalterns in the Arab Revolutions: Cairo and Damascus in Comparative Perspective.' Comparative Studies in Society and History, 55 (4). pp. 865-894.

Ismail, Salwa (2013) 'Piety, Profit and the Market in Cairo: A Political Economy of Islamisation.' Contemporary Islam, 7 (1). pp. 107-128.

Ismail, Salwa (2012) 'The Egyptian Revolution against the Police.' Social Research, 79 (2). pp. 435-462.

Ismail, Salwa (2011) 'The Syrian Uprising: Imagining and Performing the Nation.' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 11 (3). pp. 538-549.

Ismail, Salwa (2011) 'Civilities, Subjectivities and Collective Action: Preliminary Reflections in light of the Egyptian Revolution.' Third World Quarterly, 32 (5). pp. 989-995.

Ismail, Salwa (2011) 'Authoritarian Government, Neo-Liberalism and Everyday Civilities in Egypt.' Third World Quarterly, 32 (5). pp. 845-862.

Ismail, Salwa (2008) 'Muslim Public Self-Presentation: Interrogating the Liberal Public Sphere.' PS: Political Science and Politics, 41 (1). pp. 25-29.

Ismail, Salwa (2007) 'Islamism, Re-Islamisation and the Fashioning of Muslim Selves: Refiguring the Public Sphere.' Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 4 (1). Article 3.

Ismail, Salwa (2004) 'Being Muslim: Islam, Islamism and Identity Politics.' Government and Opposition, 39 (4). pp. 614-31.

Ismail, Salwa (2004) 'Islamist movements as Social Movements: Contestation and Identity Frames.' Historical Reflections, 30 (3). pp. 385-402.

Ismail, Salwa (2001) 'The Paradox of Islamist Politics.' Middle East Report (221). pp. 34-39.

Ismail, Salwa (2000) 'The Popular Movement Dimensions of Contemporary Militant Islamism: Socio-spatial Determinants in the Cairo Urban Setting.' Comparative Studies in Society and History, 42 (2). pp. 263-293.

Ismail, Salwa (1999) 'Religious "Orthodoxy" as Public Morality: The State, Islamism and Cultural Politics in Egypt.' Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies (14). pp. 25-47.

Ismail, Salwa (1998) 'Confronting the Other: Identity, Culture, Politics and Conservative Islamism in Egypt.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 30 (2). pp. 199-225.

Ismail, Salwa (1996) 'Politics of Space in Urban Cairo: Informal Communities and the State.' Arab Studies Journal, 4 . pp. 119-132.

Ismail, Salwa (1996) 'Les relations État-société en Égypte: Restructurer le politique.' Égypte: Monde Arabe, 26 (2). pp. 131-150.

Ismail, Salwa (1995) 'State-Society Relations in Egypt: Restructuring the Political.' Arab Studies Quarterly, 17 (3). pp. 39-54.


Ismail, Salwa (1994) Radical Islamism in Egypt: Discursive Struggle. Montreal: Inter-University Consortium for Arab Studies.


Ismail, Salwa (2011) 'Days of Anger.' Index on Censorship, 40 (1). pp. 36-45.

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