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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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Darwin College

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 a Research Associate at Darwin College, Cambridge and an Associate Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (GIGA). She specialises in the modern cultural and intellectual history of the Middle East and contemporary Arab politics and culture.  Her work has 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 citizenship in the nation state, focusing mainly on early twentieth century Egypt, Lebanon 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 concept of tolerance in the Arab Gulf states, focusing on Kuwait, Oman, the UAE and Bahrain.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Monier teaches undergraduate courses in the history of the modern Middle East, in particular, the Arab world

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.
  • Cultural and intellectual history of North Africa and West Asia (modern and contemporary).
  • Middle Eastern Christians and Ezidis.
  • Arab political thought, particularly regarding secularism, sectarianism, tolerance and the nation.