Vivian Ibrahim completed her PhD in 2009 in the History of the Modern Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She holds a BA in History from King's College London (2002) and an MSc in the History of International Relations (2003) from the London School of Economics. Ibrahim held a one-year post-doctoral research position examining European-Muslim identities at University College Cork, Ireland. She is also currently affiliated as a research associate at the London Middle East Institute (LMEI).
Ibrahim is the author of The Copts of Egypt: Challenges of Modernisation and Identity, (I.B. Tauris, 2010; second edition 2013) which was reviewed by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Boutros Ghali, as an "eloquent insight into the complexity and controversial dynamics of Egyptian inter-communal relations." She is also the co-editor of Political Leaderships, Nations and Charisma (Routledge, 2012). Other recent publications including articles can be found on her Academia.edu page.
Her main research interests include religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East, nationalism and political Islam. Ibrahim's current research project is a micro-history of Egyptian religious and political landscape in the 1940s. She is also interested in the contemporary Middle East, regularly commentating on the Arab uprisings on the BBC and other networks.
9/11 represented a heightened global security threat, which also brought about intense public attention on domestic Islam and Muslims within the US. This course aims to examine how religion and ethnicity, focusing on Islam and Arabs, are viewed and represented in the aftermath of 9/11.
Students will examine Muslim communities in the United States - with special reference to New York - going beyond media headlines to question stereotypes in its various forms. They will learn about the complex role of religion in modern public life and space involving violence and peace. The aim of the course is to offer an insight into the history and diversity of more than six million Muslims in the US while integrating social, economic, political, as well as cultural approaches in order to gain a holistic understanding of the complexities of the politics of representation.
This class will examine the causes, role and impact of various uprisings, revolts and revolutions in the twentieth century Middle East. The recent events of the so-called 'Arab Spring' have brought into question, why supposed change occurs, what the catalysts are, and whether there is an absolute break or continuity with the past. This course will place various historical and contemporary events within socio-political and economic contexts with the aim to question how meaningful it is to talk about 'revolutions' in the Middle East.