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Dr Elizabeth Monier

Dr Elizabeth Monier

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Office Phone: 01223 765052


Elizabeth Monier is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Middle East Studies, a Research Associate at Darwin College  and an Associate Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (GIGA). She specialises in the modern history and culture of the Arab world with an emphasis on examining Arabic narratives of identity and practices of inclusion/exclusion.  She has previously held fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, GIGA's Middle East Institute and the University of Warwick.  She completed her PhD in Politics and International  Studies at the University of Cambridge  in 2011. Her thesis focused on the narratives of national and communal belonging of Coptic Christians in modern Egypt, and in particular the use of the media to manage, contest and negotiate identities, notions of citizenship, and sectarian tensions. 
Her current research includes a project on the history of Arab intellectual discourses related to concepts of sectarianism, tolerance and inclusion in the nation state, focusing mainly on the inter-war period in Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq. She is also developing several different projects related to the identity politics, cultural practices and history of minoritised groups in the Middle East, as well as historical processes of nation formation and tolerance in the Arab Gulf states, focusing on Kuwait.

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Research Interests

  • Ethnic, national and religious identity formation and how this interacts with the mobilisation of sectarianism and communal/minority politics.
  • Tolerance, inclusion and the formation of Arab nation-states.
  • The role of identity in constructing relations of power in the Middle East.
  • Middle Eastern Christians and Ezidis.
  • Cultural history and the history of modern Arab intellectual discourse, particularly on secularism, equality and the nation.

Key Publications


2015. Regional Insecurity After the Arab Uprisings. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012. Sectarian Conflict in Egypt: Coptic Media, Identity and Representation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.



2015. Egypt, Iran, and the Hizbullah Cell: Using Sectarianism to “De-Arabize” and Regionalize Threats to National Interests. The Middle East Journal. Vol 69, No. 3 Summer, pp.341-357.

2014. The Arabness of Middle East regionalism: the Arab Spring and competition for discursive hegemony between Egypt, Iran and Turkey. Contemporary Politics. Vol.20, No.4, pp. 421-434.

2013. The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood: Implications for Egypt. Middle East Policy. Vol. XX No.4 Winter, pp.111-123 (with Dr Annette Ranko)

2012. The Arab Spring and Coptic–Muslim Relations: From Mubarak to the Muslim Brotherhood. The European Yearbook of Minority Issues. Vol. 11. pp.169-186.

2012. The ‘mediation’ of Muslim–Christian relations in Egypt: the strategies and discourses of the official Egyptian press during Mubarak's presidency. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Vol.23 No.1, pp. 31-44.

2011. Connecting the National and the Virtual: Can Facebook Activism Remain Relevant After Egypt’s January 25 Uprising? International Journal of Communication. No.5 pp. 1225-1237.


Other Publications

2017. Minority-ness and the Re-entrenchment of Sectarianism since the Arab Uprisings. The Middle East Institute. Online, 

Book Chapters

Forthcoming. Middle Eastern Minorities and the Media. In: Paul Rowe. Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East.

Forthcoming. Faith and Culture. In: Kenneth R. Ross, Mariz Tadros and Todd M. Johnson. Christianity in North Africa and West Asia, Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity Volume 2.

Forthcoming. Online Media as Research Topic and Research Tool: fact, fiction and Facebook. In: Francesco Cavatorta and Janine Clark. Doing Political Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Methodological and Ethical Challenges. Oxford University Press.

2014. The Failure of the Muslim Brotherhood: implications for Egypt's regional status. In: Henner Furtig. Regional Powers in the Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 61-80. (with Annette Ranko)

2013. Social v. State Media: Egypt’s Fight for Information After the Uprising. In: Ralph Berenger.  Social Media Go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter. Marquette Books. (with Mina Monier)