Febe Armanios

Associate Professor of History

 Spring 2016: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:30 pm, or by appointment
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 340

Febe Armanios has taught at Middlebury College since 2004. She received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Her research interests include the history of Christian religious identity in the Middle East, particularly among Egypt's Copts, as well as cross-religious practices from pilgrimage and the veneration of saints to food customs and the use of varied media. 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. Her current book project explores the history of Christian television in the Middle East (ca. 1980-present).

Selected Publications:


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

Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East (in progress).

Articles & Book Chapters

"Emerging Christian Media in Egypt: Clerical Authority and the Visualization of Women in Coptic Video Films," co-authored with Andrew Amstutz '08, 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.

"A Christian Martyr under Mamluk Justice: The Trials of Salib (d. 1512) according to Muslim and Coptic Sources," co-authored with Boğaç Ergene, Muslim World 96, no. 1 (2006): 115-144.

Recent Presentations:

“From Marginalia: Writing Coptic History for the Ottoman Period,” at “Recovering the Role of Christians in the History of the Middle East,” the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 6-7, 2016.

“Good Evangelicals, Bad Evangelicals? Copts, Revolution, and the Charismatic Movement,” at “The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East” Workshop, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 9, 2016.

“Evangelicals and Warlords: Christian Television in the Middle East, 1981-2000,” Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 10, 2016.

“Télé Lumière: Christian Television in Postwar Lebanon,” the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, November 23, 2015.

“Copts, Garbage, and Egypt’s 2009 Pig Cull,” at “Pig Out: Hogs and Humans in Global and Historical Context,” Yale University, October 16-18, 2015.



Course List: 

Department of History

Axinn Center at Starr Library
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