Febe Armanios

Professor of History

Middle East History

 work(802) 443-5212
 Spring 2019: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:45, and by appointment
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 340

Febe Armanios received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Her research interests have focused on the history of Christian communities in the Middle East, particularly on Egypt's Coptic Christians. She is interested in how Christians in the region preserve and maintain their identities in the face of varied challenges and, to this end, she has studied their historical and contemporary practices that range from pilgrimage and the veneration of saints to food customs and the use of media. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School (ILSP). In the past, she has served as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, as well as on the Steering Committee for the Middle Eastern Christianity Unit at the American Academy of Religion.

Currently, she is working on a book-length project on the history of Christian television (terrestrial and satellite) in the Middle East (ca. 1980-present).

She has another book project, in its early stages, which looks at the comparative history of Christian food practices in the Middle East and Southern Europe. For more on her research, please click here.

Selected Publications:

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

Halal Food: A History, co-authored with Boğaç Ergene (Oxford University Press, 2018)

"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 '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.

Recent Papers and Invited Presentations:

“Who are Copts? Reflections from the Past and Present,” at "The Coptic Christian Tradition Workshop," Baylor University, February 6, 2019.

"On Coptic Food Customs in Ottoman Egypt,” at “Christians and Jews in Ottoman Society,” University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, July 3-5, 2017.

“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.

“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.


Department of History

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753


Axinn Center at Starr Library
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753