Febe Armanios

Febe Armanios

Bennett Boskey Distinguished Visiting Professor of History

Hollander Hall Rm 115

Spring 2022 Class Hours

Tue / Thu – 9:55 am to 11:10 am

Spring 2022 Office Hours

Tue – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
And By Appointment


Febe Armanios is visiting from Middlebury College, where she is Professor of History and co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities. She specializes in the history of Christian communities in the Middle East (especially Egypt’s Copts), Muslim-Christian relations, as well as food history and media studies. She is also a specialist in the history of non-Muslim communities within the Ottoman Empire, particularly in the early modern period. In recent years, she has conducted archival and oral history research in Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, as well as various parts of Europe and the United States. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. In 2015, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School (ILSP). And in 2020-21, she was a Luce-American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs and a Fordham University Fellow in Coptic Orthodox Studies, both awarded for completing a book-length project titled Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. She has simultaneously begun research for another book project, which examines the comparative history of Christian food practices in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Europe.

Selected Publications

Halal Food: A History, co-authored with Boğaç Ergene (Oxford University Press, 2018; paperback 2020) -Winner of the Best Book Award 2019 by the Association for the Study of Food and Society

Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback 2015)

“Coptic Perceptions of Time in Ottoman Egypt,” in Alessandro Bausi, Alberto Camplani, and Stephen Emmel, eds. Time and History in Africa (Milan: Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 2019), 67-78.

“A Christian Public Space in Egypt: Historical and Contemporary Reflections,” in Katsumi Fukasawa, Benjamin J. Kaplan, Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, eds. Religious Interactions in Europe and the Mediterranean World Coexistence and Dialogue from the 12th to the 20th Centuries (London: Routledge, 2017), 317-330.

“Emerging Christian Media in Egypt: Clerical Authority and the Visualization of Women in Coptic Video Films,” co-authored with Andrew Amstutz, the International Journal of Middle East Studies 45 (2013): 513-533.

“Coptic Faith and Practice in Egyptian Contexts,” in Elizabeth W. Fernea, Farhad Daftary, and Azim Nanji, eds. Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City (London and Seattle: The Institute of Ismaili Studies and the University of Washington Press, 2010), 86-92.

“Patriarchs, Archons and the Eighteenth-Century Resurgence of the Coptic Community,” in William Lyster, ed. The Cave Church at the Monastery of St. Paul the First Hermit at the Monastery of St. Paul, Egypt (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 61-73.

Research Interests

Ottoman history, Food History, Media Studies, Modern Middle Eastern history, Modern Egypt, Christians in the Middle East, Western missionaries in the Middle East