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

Past event

27-28th March 2019


The Brunei Gallery, SOAS University London

About the conference

The Egyptian independence movement in 1919 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. To mark the centenary of the revolution, the British Egyptian Society (BES), the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) and the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS University of London are holding a conference on 27-28 March 2019.


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Organisers Committee

Dr. Hassan Hakimian
Mrs Louise Hosking
Professor Magdy Ishak-Hanna
Dr. Noel Brehony
Mr. Peter Mackenzie Smith
Mr. Noel Rands
Mr. Terry Bishop
Ms Dina Soliman-Pedersen
Mr. James Watt CVO

Conference Themes

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

The Conference was organised in 10 sessions. These were a mixture of moderated panel sessions and presentation sessions with two speakers with 20-minute presentations and 30 minutes for discussion.


The conference aimed 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 aimed throw new light on the events of 1919 and their impact on Egypt, Sudan, Britain, and the wider world. The conference sessions involved 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.

Dates, venue & Dissemination

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

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

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