Amina Elbendary Joined Women and Memory Forum Board of Trustees in 2004. She is an Assistant Professor of History and Associate Chair and History Unit Head at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She earned her PhD in July 2007 from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation was entitled “Faces in the Crowd: Urban Protests in Egypt and Syria in the Late Middle Ages.”
She is also a member of the Egyptian Society for Historical Studies; a member of the advisory board of the National Council for Translation and a Member of the Board of the Greater Cairo Library. Elbendary’s monograph on Urban Protest and Social Transformations in Egypt and Syria in the Fifteenth century is forthcoming from AUC Press.
From 1999-2003, she worked as a senior staff writer at the Egyptian English-language weekly newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly where she wrote articles covering the Egyptian and Arab cultural scene, including reviews of academic publications and fiction. She was Assistant Editor of the monthly Books Supplement and editor of special supplements such as one commemorating the 50th anniversary of the July 1952 Revolution and another commemorating the bicentennial of Muhammad Ali’s rise to power.
In 2000, she obtained her MA degree from the Department of Arabic Studies at AUC, having written a thesis on “Histories of the Muslim Hero: Medieval and Modern Perceptions of al-Zahir Baybars.” She obtained her BA in Political Science, with a minor in European History, from AUC, graduating suma cum laude in 1996.
She was the recipient of Rioyichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Graduate Fellowship from 1996-1998. In 1998 her paper “The Sultan, The Tyrant and the Hero: Changing Medieval Perceptions of al-Zahir Baybars,” won the prize for Best Graduate Student Paper on a Medieval Topic from Middle East Medievalists.
Elbendary’s publications include the introduction to Tahrir al-mar’ah ta’lif Qasim Amin and Tarbiyat al-mar’ah wa al-hijab ta’lif Tal’at Harb (Cairo, Alexandria and Beirut: Dar al-Kitab al-Masri, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Dar al-Kitab al-Libnani, 2012); “Between Riots and Negotiations. Urban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria,” Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture, volume 3, ed. Stephan Conermann (Berlin: EBVerlag, 2012); “The historiography of protest in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt and Syria,” International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter 43 (Spring 2007); with Huda al-Sa‘di, Al-Awqāf fi sutūr wa suwar (Cairo: Women and Memory Forum, 2006); “The Worst of Times: Crisis Management and al-shidda al-`uzma,” in Money, Land and Trade: An Economic History of the Muslim Mediterranean, ed. Nelly Hanna (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2002); and “The Sultan, The Tyrant and the Hero: Changing Medieval Perceptions of al-Zahir Baybars,” Mamluk Studies Review 5 (2001).