The Birth of the Modern Nation


In 2019, the British Egyptian Society, together with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the Council for British Research in the Levant, held a two-day Conference at SOAS, University of London. There were 10 sessions over two days with some very distinguished speakers from the UK, Egypt and the USA. It was well attended, and the talks and debates were of a very high standard. It was decided to produce a book on the conference’s themes, using a selection of the conference’s presentations as inspiration for chapters. Professor Robert Springborg and Dr Hisham A. Hellyer agreed to source further authors to produce a volume made up of chapters of brand-new research, in addition to those based on presentations made in the BES conference. Dr Hellyer and Professor Springborg then became co-editors of the resulting manuscript, and submitted it to Bloomsbury Press, where it won high praise from Bloomsburg’s independent reviewers.

This evening, 6 of the authors will take part in a Zoom meeting, talking about their work and answering questions in a Q and A. The two editors, Professor Springborg and Dr Hellyer, also will take part. Do please join us. There is no charge.

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Running Order

Dr Noel Brehony will Chair the Session

Speakers, in running order, will be:

Dr Hisham Hellyer
Senior Associate Fellow, Cambridge University | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Royal United Services Institute

Professor Beth Baron
Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Centre, the City College of New York

Dr Mohamed Elsayed
Co-founder of Mubtada

Professor James Whidden
Professor, Department of History, Acadia University

Professor Philip Marfleet
Emeritus Professor in Soicial Sciences, University of East London

Professor Khaled Fahmy
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

Professor Robert Springborg
Italian Institute of International Affairs

A Question and Answer session will follow

Vote of thanks

The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

Chairman, the British Egyptian Society and

Chairman, Arab British Chamber of Commerce