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Durham University launches the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship Programme

(2 July 2018)

Experts at Durham University are embarking on a research project to study the Abbas Hilmi II Papers, which will be funded by a donation of £114,000 from the Mohamed Ali Foundation.

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, 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.

The nine-year project, led by Durham University, also involves academics from The American University in Cairo, Duke University and Oxford University. Prince Abbas Hilmi, Chairman of the trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation, said:

“The Abbas Hilmi II Papers at Durham University Library are a wonderful record of a very important period in the history of Egypt, the Ottoman Empire and the Arab world. The Mohamed Ali Foundation, which owns the collection, is extremely grateful to Durham University Library for the wonderful work done over the past four decades in cataloguing, preserving, and digitalizing this collection.
“We are very happy to facilitate the academic study of this period by endowing this fellowship today.”

Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Director of The Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University, said:

“I cannot tell what a thrill it is to see over a year’s worth of intense discussions and planning to come to fruition today! I am absolutely delighted that, with the support of MAF and His Highness Prince Abbas Hilmi’s personal oversight, we are now able to launch this nearly-decade long prestigious Fellowship programme.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation of the support we have received from across the board in Durham and also from colleagues working tirelessly with us on behalf of the Foundation. I cannot wait to get the programme started!”

Applications are now welcomed for the role of the first fellow.

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