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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 a number of years, including two years in the Middle East.

On returning to study in Australia he took up a more contemporary focus on the Middle East and graduated with a PhD on modern Egyptian historiography from Macquarie University, Australia.

Dr Gorman then took up a Greek Postdoctoral Fellowship (IKY) in Athens, Greece, where he carried out research on the Greeks of modern Egypt and gained a Modern Greek language qualification.

In 2000/01 he taught in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and then took up the post of Lecturer in 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.

Research Interests

Dr Gorman's areas of research interest include the rise of radical secular politics, and particularly anarchism, in the Middle East, the Egyptian labour movement, the Greeks of the modern Middle East, the history of the Middle Eastern prison, the history of the Middle Eastern press and the politics of Middle Eastern historiography.

  • 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


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
  • Approaches to Research in Advanced Arabic

Undergraduate Teaching

  • 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

Education/Academic qualification

History, Politics, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Award Date: 1 May 1999


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