Salwa Ismail is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on everyday forms of government, urban governance and the politics of space. She has published widely on Islamist politics and on state-society relations in the Middle East. She is the author of Rethinking Islamist Politics: Culture, the State and Islamism (I.B Tauris 2003 & 2006), and Political Life in Cairo’s New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State (University of Minnesota Press 2006). Her recent publications have appeared in Third World Quarterly 2011, Social Research 2012, Contemporary Islam 2013.
Ismail’s research and writing is based on extensive fieldwork conducted primarily in Egypt and Syria. Ethnographic in approach, her work inquires into the micro practices of government and rule and their spatial dimensions. She is the recipient of a number of research awards from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. Between 2003 and 2006, she held a three-year ESRC Research Fellowship for her project on the changing political and social reconfigurations of Cairo and Damascus under authoritarian rule over the last four decades. Most recently, she completed an ESRC-funded research project on the political economy of public piety, with a particular focus on Egypt.
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