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Dr Elizabeth Monier

History of the modern Arab nation state; historical and contemporary Arab political thought; contemporary culture and identity politics
Dr Elizabeth Monier

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Office Phone: 01223 765052


Elizabeth Monier is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow supported by the Isaac Newton Trust and is based in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. She is also an Associate Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (GIGA). Her research interests encompass the modern conceptual and intellectual history of the Middle East and contemporary Arab politics and society. Her work has an emphasis on examining Arabic narratives of identity, minority/majority constructions 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 conceptual history of inclusion in ideas of nationhood, focusing on early twentieth century Egypt and Iraq. She is also developing several different projects related to the contemporary identity politics, cultural practices and history of minoritised groups in the Middle East, as well as mobilisations of the concepts of tolerance and secularism in the Arab Gulf states, focusing on Kuwait, Oman, the UAE and Bahrain.
Dr Monier co-teaches two courses: MES19 The Formation of the Modern Middle East and MES 38 Religion, Politics and Modernity in the Islamic World.


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.
  • Relations of power, inclusion and the formation of Arab nation-states.
  • Conceptual history of Modern North Africa and West Asia.
  • Middle Eastern Christians and Ezidis.
  • Arab political thought, particularly regarding secularism, sectarianism, tolerance and the nation.

Other Professional Activities

Member of the European Network in Universal and Global History.

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.



2017. Middle Eastern Minorities in Global Media and the Politics of National Belonging. Arab Media and Society. Issue 24 Summer/Fall.

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

2018. Sectarianism Without Borders: Copts and Genocide Recognition. The Middle East Institute. Online,

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

2017. Coptic Media Online. Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia. Online, 

Book Chapters

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

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.

2018. 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.

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)