Mona Abaza

Sociology, Kairo
Fellowship: 15.01.–31.08.2014


Obtained her PhD in 1990 in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. From 2009-2011 Mona Abaza was a visiting professor of Islamology, Department of Theology, Lund University. Visiting scholar in Singapore at the Institute for South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) 1990-1992, Kuala Lumpur 1995-96, Paris (EHESS) 1994, Berlin (Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg) 1996-97, Leiden (IIAS) 2002-2003, Wassenaar (NIAS) 2006-2007 and Bellagio (Rockefeller Foundation) 2005.


Fields of Research

  • Cairo’s urban reshaping after January's 2011 revolution
  • Public space and public art
  • The chronology of graffiti of the Mohammed Mahmud street
  • Art market and commodification of art


Publications (Selection)


  • The Cotton Plantation remembered: An Egyptian Family Story, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2013 (300 pages).
  • Twentieth Century Egyptian Art: The Private Collection of Sherwet Shafei, Cairo: The American University Press, 2011.
  • The Changing Consumer Culture of Modern Egypt, Cairo’s Urban Reshaping, Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • Debates on Islam and Knowledge in Malaysia and Egypt: Shifting Worlds, London: Routledge Curzon Press, 2002.
  • Islamic Education, Perceptions and Exchanges: Indonesian Students in Cairo, Paris: Cahier d'Archipel, EHESS, 1994.
  • The Changing Image of Women in Rural Egypt, Cairo Papers in Social Science, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 1987.



  • »Cairo Dairy: Space-Wars, Public Visibility and The Transformation of Public Space in Post-Revolutionary Egypt In Public Space.« In: Public Space, Media Space, edited by Chris Berry, Janet Harbord, Rachel Moore, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, pp. 88-109.
  • »Cyberspace and the Changing Face of Protest and Public Culture in Egypt.« In: Democratic Transition in the Middle East, Unmaking Power, edited by Larbi Sadiki, Heiko Wimmen, Layla Al Zubaidi, London: Routledge, 2013, pp. 87-107.
  • »Segregating Downtown Cairo and the Mohammed Mahmud Street Graffiti.« In: Theory, Culture & Society 30:1, 2012, pp. 122-139.