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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Before joining the Centre of Development Studies in 2007, Dr Abdelrahman worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. She has carried out consultancies for international development organisations such as UNICEF, OXFAM NOVIB and DANIDA. She is a member of the editorial boards of Cairo Papers in Social Science and Development and Change.


Dr Abdelrahman's research interests cover a wide range of aspects of the sociology and politics of development including state-civil society relations, opposition politics and social movements, labour relations and NGOs - both at the global level and within the context of the Middle East.


Key publications: 

Policing neoliberalism in Egypt: the continuing rise of the ‘securocratic’ state, Third World Quarterly (2016)

Egypt’s Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings (2015) London: Routledge

‘La montée et le déclin des Frères Musulmans dans  l'ère post-Moubarack’ in La Diplomatie au défi des religions: Tensions, guerres, médiations edited by Denis Lacorne et al, Paris: Odile Jacob (2014), pp. 109-127

'In Praise of Organisation: Egypt between Activism and Revolution' Development and Change 44(3), (2013)

A Hierarchy of Struggles? The 'Economic' and the 'Political' in Egypt's Revolution Review of African Political Economy 39(13):614-628 (2012)

‘The Transnational and the Local: Egyptian Activists and Transnational Protest Networks’ British Journal of Middle East Studies 38 (3), 407-424, (2011).

‘The Nationalization of the Human Rights Debate in Egypt’ Nations and Nationalism 13(2) 285-300, (2007).

Abdelrahman, M. et al., Cultural Dynamics in Contemporary Egypt Cairo Papers in Social Science 27(1/2) The American University in Cairo Press (2006)

Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt, London: I.B. Tauris, New York: St. Martins/Macmillan, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press (2004)

Teaching and Supervisions


Dr Abdelrahman is the coordinator for the core paper on Sociology and Politics of Development (Paper 3) for the MPhil in Development Studies.  She supervises MPhil and PhD students in the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIS).

Dr Abdelrahman is not accepting graduate students for the academic year 2020-2021.

Reader in Development Studies and Middle East Politics
University Teaching Officer
BA, MA (The American University in Cairo)
PhD (Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands)
Dr Maha  Abdelrahman