Vivian Ibrahim is a historian of the Modern Middle East and joined the University of Mississippi in 2011. She specializes in the history and politics of Egypt in the 19 and 20c.
Ibrahim’s current book project, “Détente Shows: Tutankhamun and the Global Cold War”, examines the intersection between cultural diplomacy and world heritage against the backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Cold War.
Ibrahim holds degrees from the University of London (PhD. School of Oriental and African Studies, 2009; MSc. London School of Economics; BA. King’s College). She held a one-year post-doctoral research position examining European-Muslim identities at University College Cork, Ireland and has taught at several universities in the United Kingdom.
The Copts of Egypt: Challenges of Modernisation and Identity, (I.B. Tauris, 2010; second edition 2013)
Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present,co-authored with Scharbrodt, Sakaranaho, Khan and Shanneik (University of Edinburgh Press, 2014)
Political Leaderships, Nations and Charisma, co-edited with Margit Wunsch (Routledge, 2012)
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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.