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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Teaching Associate
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Elizabeth Monier is a lecturer in modern Middle Eastern Studies.  She specialises in the modern history and politics of the Middle East and has a particular interest in Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait.  Her work has an emphasis on examining Arabic narratives of identity and practices of inclusion/exclusion and on Christians in the Middle East.  She has previously held fellowships  at Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Science, GIGA's Middle East Institute and the University of Warwick and was a research associate at Darwin College, Cambridge.  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 nation/state-building and the inclusion of minorities, focusing mainly on constitutional development in 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 concept of tolerance in the Arab Gulf states, focusing on Kuwait, Oman, the UAE and Bahrain.

Teaching responsibilities: 

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

Research interests: 
  • Identity politics and sectarianism: How ethnic, national and religious identity formations interact with the mobilisation of sectarianism and communal/minority politics.
  • Contemporary history and politics of Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait.
  • Middle Eastern Christians.
  • Political and conceptual history of the Middle East, especially Arabic conceptualisations of sectarianism, inclusion of 'minorities', al-Mowatana and the Arab nation/state.


Articles, Book Chapters etc

Bethlehem and the Middle East Timothy Larsen (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Christmas (2020)
Christians in Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE: Expanding Tolerance? C.S. Popa (ed.) From Polarization to Cohabitation in the New Middle East (2020)
The Chaldean patriarch and the discourse of ‘inclusive citizenship’: restructuring the political representation of Christians in Iraq since 2003 Religion, State and Society, 48:5, pp. 361-377 (2020)
Navigating Historical Minority Dilemmas Today: presenting violence against Copts to an international audience after 2011 Hamza Tayebi and Jochen Lobah (ed.) Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in the MENA Region: Minorities, Subalternity, and Resistance (2019)
Christians and Other Religious Minorities in the Middle East Thanassis Cambanis and Michael Wahid Hanna (ed.) Citizenship and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Rights, Pluralism, and Inclusion in the Middle East (2019)
Faith and Culture Kenneth R. Ross, Mariz Tadros and Todd M. Johnson (ed.) Christianity in North Africa and West Asia (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity Volume 2) (2018)
Online Media as Research Topic and Research Tool: fact, fiction and Facebook Francesco Cavatorta and Janine Clark (ed.) Doing Political Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa: Methodological and Ethical Challenges (2018)
Middle Eastern Minorities and the Media Paul Rowe (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East (2018)
Middle Eastern Minorities in Global Media and the Politics of National Belonging Arab Media and Society. Issue 24 Summer/Fall. (2017)
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 (2015)
The Failure of the Muslim Brotherhood: implications for Egypt's regional status (with: Dr Annette Ranko) Henner Furtig (ed.) Regional Powers in the Middle East pp. 61-80 (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 (2014)
Social v. State Media: Egypt’s Fight for Information After the Uprising (with: Mina Monier) Ralph Berenger (ed.) Social Media Go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter (2013)
The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood: Implications for Egypt (with: Dr Annette Ranko) Middle East Policy. Vol. XX No.4 Winter pp. 111-123 (2013)
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 (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)
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 (2011)