SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Salwa Ismail

BA (American University in Cairo), MA (McMaster), PhD (McGill)
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Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Syria


Authored Books

Ismail, Salwa (2018) The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

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

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


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, pp 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.

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.

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: 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.

Monographs and Working Papers

Ismail, Salwa (2015) The Resurgence of Police Government in Egypt. POMEPS Studies.

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.


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