The Egyptian Revolution of 1919: The Birth of Modern Nation

A conference presented by the British Egyptian Society, the Council for British Research in the Levant, and the London Middle East Institute SOAS University of London


27-28th March 2019


The Brunei Gallery, SOAS University London

About the conference

The British Egyptian Society, the Council for British Research in the Levant, and the London Middle East Institute SOAS University of London will be holding a conference to mark the centenary of the Egyptian independence movement in 1919 which led to the recognition of Egyptian sovereignty in 1922, an Egyptian constitution in 1923, and Saad Zaghloul’s appointment as the first prime minister of a government elected by suffrage in 1924.


Conference Themes

The conference will include presentations by Egyptian and international historians and commentators on the causes and events of the revolution and on themes which may include:

The Conference will be organised in eight main sessions. These will have a mixture of moderated panel sessions and presentation sessions with two speakers with 20-minute presentations and 30 minutes for discussion.

There will also be sessions with keynote speakers, as well as a public lecture.

Call for Papers

Most speakers will be selected through a Call for Papers issued by a panel appointed to assess applications.

If you are interested in speaking The Egyptian Revolution of 1919: The Birth of the Modern Nation in 27th and 28th March 2019. Contact Terry Bishop at

Speaking at the conference is an opportunity to stand in front of an international and diverse academic and professional audience at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS to share your research and contribute your experience with regional and global experts. Highlight your work in the industry, share your knowledge and connect with commercial and academic executives across UK, Egypt and global research bodies.

Applicants are invited to submit abstracts in two of the following ways:

Submission to the academic/practical track

Key Dates

Accepting Abstract submissions
from 16th April 2018

Notification of Acceptance:
Allow 2 weeks from the date of submission

Final Registration deadline:
1st October 2018


The conference aims at those with an interest in the post Ottoman period in the region, British Egyptian relations, modern Egyptian history, and developments in Egypt over the last hundred years, including historians, students, politicians and government, diplomacy and the general public. It will seek to throw new light on the events of 1919 and their impact on Egypt, Sudan, Britain, and the wider world.

The conference sessions will involve presentations by those selected by the conference organisers for their past and potential contributions to the history and interpretation of the period during and following 1919.


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To my Beloved Country: Egypt

By Dr Ahmed El Mokadem

You are Not Only The Mother Of The World

But, You Are, In Fact, The World

To You My Most Beautiful Love, I Say:

May Your Unique Sun Bring You New Energies By Day

May Your Stunning Moon Softly Restore You At Night

May Your Refreshing Rain Wash Away Any Worries You Have

May Your Gentle Jasmine's Breezes Restore Your Sacred Soul

And May Your Glorious Tomorrow Always Find You Feeling Better

The Day Before: Amin

Dates, venue & Dissemination

The conference will be held at the Brunei Gallery as SOAS University of London on 27th and 28th March 2019. Its proceedings will be published in a book form and there will be podcasts of the presentations.

SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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