Anthony Gorman

Senior Lecturer


After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Ancient History from the University of Sydney in 1982, Dr Anthony Gorman took a break from study and travelled the world for some years, including two years in the Middle East.

On returning to study he took up a more contemporary focus and graduated with a PhD on modern Egyptian historiography from Macquarie University in Australia. Dr Gorman took up a Greek Postdoctoral Fellowship (IKY) in Athens, Greece, where he gained a Modern Greek language conducted research on the Greeks of modern Egypt, a subject on which he continues to work.

In 2000/01 he taught in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and then moved to the Department of History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

From 2003 to 2005 he was an AHRB Research Fellow working on the ‘Cultures of Confinement’ project, an examination of the history of the prison in Asia, Africa and Latin America, also at SOAS.

Since 2006 Dr Gorman has taught in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


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Undergraduate teaching

  • Modern Middle Eastern History: Emergence and Encounters, and its corresponding semester-length sections, Modern Middle Eastern History A: Domestic Transformation and International Challenges and Modern Middle Eastern History B: Postwar Independence and Conflict
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision
  • Middle East Diasporas and Minorities

Postgraduate teaching

  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (team taught)
  • Advanced Issues in the Study of the Arab World (team taught)
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Liberty, Land and People
  • Diaspora Studies: Theories, Concepts and Methodologies
  • Diasporas of the Middle East

Research summary

  • The history of the prison in the modern Middle East
  • Foreign communities in the modern Middle East
  • Greeks of the Middle East
  • Anarchism and radical secular politics in the modern Middle East
  • The Middle Eastern press
  • Historians and Historiography of the modern Middle East
  • The Egyptian labour movement

Research activities

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Project activity

  • A monograph, Prison, Punishment and Society in the Middle East, 1800-1950, to be published by the Edinburgh University Press.
  • Co-editing and contributing to a volume, Between Politics, Social History and Culture: The Press in the Middle East before Independence.
  • Co-editing and contributing to a volume, The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance: Themes and Questions, Edinburgh University Press.
  • Co-editing and contributing to a volume on Middle Eastern Diasporas.

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