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Abbas Hilmi II Papers

The Abbas Hilmi II Papers

Among the rich archival resources at Durham University Library is the collection of Abbas Hilmi II (1874-1944), the last Khedive of Egypt (1892-1914), whose papers provide excellent research material on political, social, economic and cultural affairs in Egypt in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the British in Egypt and, to a lesser extent, the Sudan, and Egypt's relations with Britain, Turkey and the rest of Europe. The archive principally covers the period from the mid-19th Century up until the death of Abbas Hilmi II in 1944, but with some additional family material dating up to the 1960s. The collection was deposited in Durham by the Mohamed Ali Foundation in 1980. It contains material principally in Arabic, English, and French, but also some Ottoman Turkish, German, Italian, and Greek. Digital copies of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers are also deposited at the American University and CULTNAT in Cairo.

Mohamed Ali Foundation logo

The Mohamed Ali Foundation is a UK charity whose aims include advancing the education of the public in the history of the Islamic World, of Egypt and of the Mohamed Ali Family in particular, especially the period of reign of Khedive Abbas Hilmi II (1892-1914).

Image of Prince Abbas Hilmi, Chairman of the Trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation, Professor Anoush Ehteshami, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge, at the inauguration of the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme on 29 June 2018.

Prince Abbas Hilmi, Chairman of the Trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation, Professor Anoush Ehteshami, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge, at the inauguration of the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme on 29 June 2018.

The Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme

Durham University and the Mohamed Ali Foundation have launched a fellowship programme to encourage academic research in the archive of the last khedive of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II (1874-1944), and to make the collection’s strengths more widely known to international researchers.

The collection, which is deposited in Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections, provides a rich resource of material on political, social, economic and cultural affairs in Egypt in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. It is hoped that this endowment by the Mohamed Ali Foundation will foster deeper understanding of an important period of Egyptian history and of a transformative era in East-West relations.

A series of fellowships will be awarded, jointly tenable in the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (IMEIS) and Grey College, and appointed by an Advisory Panel chaired by Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Director of IMEIS. Acommodation is provided at Durham during the Epiphany term (January-March), but there is flexibility to arrange residencies in different terms to suit fellows’ availability, and fellows may be permitted to reside in Cairo or Istanbul for the duration of the fellowship where digitised copies of the archive have been deposited. Fellows will also be encouraged to take a full part in academic and collegiate life while resident in Durham, delivering a lecture based on their research and perhaps contributing to seminars. Fellows will be awarded an honorarium upon completion of their fellowship, and at Durham accommodation and all meals will be provided for the duration of the fellowship; a research travel grant is also available.

The fellows' work will ultimately be published in an edited volume under the direction of the first appointed fellow acting as managing editor, Dr Pascale Ghazaleh. The breadth of material in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers will reward an interdisciplinary approach: a tentative scheme for this volume will be published in a Call for applications for fellowships on 31 July 2019. Dr Ghazaleh's inaugural lecture in which she explores the riches of the Abbas Hilmi II Papers is now available online.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship Programme

Durham University Library

Palace Green

Durham DH1 3RN

United Kingdom

Email: maf.fellow@durham.ac.uk

Abbas Hilmi II Dissertation Prize

Each year Prince Abbas Hilmi and the trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation are offering to one undergraduate or postgraduate student studying in an accredited higher educational institution anywhere in the world £200 in vouchers or book tokens for the best dissertation substantially based upon material in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers, held in Durham University Library’s Special Collections. Submitted dissertations must be in English and have been awarded a grade of 70% or above by the student’s home institution. The winning dissertation will be published as a paper in the al-Sabah Publications Programme, and promoted through Durham University communications channels. Copies of the winning dissertation will be kept by Durham University Library, and sent to the trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation.

If you wish your dissertation to be considered for the prize please attach the entry form below to your piece of work upon its first submission at your home institution. If it qualifies for the prize you or your supervisor should then send this form together with a copy of your graded dissertation to the prize scheme administrator. The prize will be awarded by (emailed) letter on 31 October by Prince Abbas Hilmi or by a member of the Mohamed Ali Foundation. Full terms and conditions of the prize scheme are provided in this form.

Re-use of documents and photographs in the collection

The Mohamed Ali Foundation welcomes applications to re-use material in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers. Permission must be granted before any material, photographic or textual, is published, whether in print or electronic formats. In addition, documents in the collection will include many persons' copyrights, and the ultimate responsibility for clearing such copyrights prior to publication will remain with the publisher. Permission requests may be sent to Durham University Library (pg.library@durham.ac.uk) using one of the permissions forms below. The Foundation may be contacted at info@mohamedalifoundation.org.

Painting of Mohamed Ali Pasha, Khedive (Viceroy) of Egypt 1805-1848

Mohamed Ali Pasha, Khedive (Viceroy) of Egypt 1805-1848

Image of Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt 1892-1914. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt 1892-1914