Nefissa Naguib

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Academic interests

Thematic: History and Anthropology, Maritime Anthropology; Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Humanitarianism

Regional:  Mediterranean; Middle East


Courses taught in English 

SOSANT 2530 Development

SOSANT 2610 The Anthropology of Food

Sosant 2610 The Anthropology of Contemporary Islam 

Sosant 1200 Political Anthropology 

SV9104 PhD Research Ethics 

ANTH 4030 Advanced Anthropological Methods

Sosant 9013 Phd Writing and Methods  


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Nefissa Naguib`s work is inspired by her interest to understand the contemporary world and to understand human and more-than-human interactions. Her research has involved fieldwork in several culturally complex societies in the Mediterranean basin, Brazil, Norway and Spain.  Her book Water, Women and Memory: was about water as an agent of history. The book, framed as a postcolonial ethnography, made an argument about writing that attends to complex historic and social dynamics. With the publication of Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East (co-edited with Inger Marie Okkenhaug), she addresses the period between 1850 and 2005, a time span of colonization, occupations, wars and conflicts.  As a follow-up, Nefissa co-produced War, Women, Welfare in Jerusalem (nominated for Al Jazeera documentary film festival 2010). 

Her monograph Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food and Family in Contemporary Egypt is a reframing of gender in the Middle East. It contributes to the transnational gendered representations of men and women in Arab societies. Her most recent book Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious Times (co-edited with Marcia C. Inhorn) describes new ways of being men, despite the persistence of old patriarchal norms, and offers new understandings of the meaning of concepts such as care and nurturing and of gender itself. 

In addition, she have explored the parallels between migration and globalization in her articles on Middle East minorities, particularly Jews and Armenians: both played important roles in colonial history.

In subsequent years, she has refined her work on history and anthropology, writing a series of articles addressing breakthrough events. Results of this research are evident in some of her recent articles on humanitarianism.

Nefissa Naguib retains her interest to bridge the gap between anthropology, history and global politics in her current research project titled  Merging Seas, Channelling Seafarers: A maritime anthropology of human and more-than-human circulations & cultures across the Suez Canal. 




Tags: Political Anthropology, Maritime Anthropology, Social History, Humanitarianism, Material Culture, Food and Water, Mediterranean, Norway, Middle East, The Suez Canal


  • Naguib, Nefissa (2019). Body and Soul of a Good Pint: A Note on Nordic Brewing and the Magic of Yeast.. Gastronomica - The Journal of Critical Food Studies.  ISSN 1529-3262.  19(4) . doi: 10.1525/gfc.2019.19.4.91 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2018). An Essay on the Anthropology of Humanitarian Shame.. Public Anthropologist.  ISSN 2589-1707.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2018). Casualities of Fatherhood:Syrian Fefugee Men and Nurturance in the Arctic, In Nefissa Naguib & Marcia C. Inhorn (ed.),  Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious times.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78533-882-3.  Chapter 14.  s 279 - 297
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2018). Egypt, In Suad Joseph (ed.),  Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews.  Syracuse University Press.  ISBN 978-0-8156-3558-1.  Chapter 2.  s 39 - 57
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Inhorn, Marcia C. (2018). Introduction, In Nefissa Naguib & Marcia C. Inhorn (ed.),  Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious times.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78533-882-3.  Introduction.  s 1 - 24
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2017). MIDDLE EAST ENCOUNTERS 69 DEGREES NORTH LATITUDE: SYRIAN REFUGEES AND EVERYDAY HUMANITARIANISM IN THE ARCTIC. International Journal of Middle East Studies.  ISSN 0020-7438.  49(4), s 645- 660 . doi: /10.1017/S0020743817000630
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2016). Humanitarian pluralism: The arctic passage in an age of refugees. International Journal of Middle East Studies.  ISSN 0020-7438.  48(2) . doi: 10.1017/S002074381600012X
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2016). The Flag and the Street, In Catharina Raudvere (ed.),  Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past:History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-39000-0.  Chapter. Show summary
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2015). Book Review: Live and Die Like a Man:. International Journal of Middle East Studies.  ISSN 0020-7438.  47(2) . doi: 10.1017/s0020743815000288
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2014). Brothers in Faith: Islamic Food Activism in Egypt, In Carole Counihan & Valeria Siniscalchi (ed.),  Food activism: agency, democracy and economy.  Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 978-0-85785-833-7.  Chapter 10.  s 143 - 158
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2013). Aesthetics of a Relationship: Women and Water, In John Richard Wagner (ed.),  The Social Life of Water.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-0-85745-966-4.  Chapter 4.  s 82 - 97
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2013). The compassionate brother: A note on islamic food activism. Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.  ISSN 1552-8014.  16(3), s 348- 354 . doi: 10.2752/175174413X13673466711642
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Shami, Seteny (2013). Occluding Difference: Ethnic Identity and Shifting Zones of Theory on the Middle East and North Africa, In Sherin Hafez & Susan Slymovics (ed.),  The Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the new Millennium.  Indiana University Press.  ISBN 978-0-253-00746-9.  Chapter 2.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Eating Rice during Passover: Notes on Sephardic Egyptian Memoires. Kult.  ISSN 1904-1594.  8
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Fredagslunsj: Tanker om Istanbul i Kairo. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (1-2)
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Ethnography at the Barricades. International Journal of Middle East Studies.  ISSN 0020-7438.  43 . doi: 10.1017/s0020743811000420
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2010). For the love of God: Care giving in the Middle East. Social Sciences and Missions.  ISSN 1874-8937.  23(1), s 124- 145 . doi: 10.1163/187489410X488549
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2009). Tastes and Fragrances from the Old World: Memoirs by Egyptian Jewish Women. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.  ISSN 1473-8481.  9(1)
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). A Nation of Widows and Orphans: Armenian Memories of Relief in Jerusalem, In Nefissa Naguib & Inger Marie Okkenhaug (ed.),  Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-16436-9.  Chapter 2.  s 35 - 56
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Brittle Images, Lingering pasts: Photographs, Memories and Bereavement, In Evy Johanne Håland (ed.),  Women, Pain and Death. Rituals and Everyday Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  ISBN 1-84718-870-2.  Chapter 8.  s 170 - 186
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Storytelling: Armenian Family Albums in the Diaspora. Visual Anthropology.  ISSN 0894-9468.  21(3), s 231- 244 . doi: 10.1080/08949460801986228
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). “The Open Wound”: Egyptian Amnesia about the Six-Day War. Anthropology News.  ISSN 1541-6151.  51
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Vannmeloner under sengen: Armenere i Kairo minnes mat og sult. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (2/3)
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Women’s Dignity Scorched in Palestine. Anthropology News.  ISSN 1541-6151.  48(2)
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Olive oil and the cultural politics of 'Denominaciones de Origen' in Andalusia, In Matthias Kaiser & Marianne Elisabeth Lien (ed.),  Ethics and The Politics of Food.  Wageningen Academic Publishers.  ISBN 90-8686-008-7.  Part 7.  s 292 - 297
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). The fragile tale of Egyptian Jewish cuisine: Food Memoirs of Claudia Roden and Colette Rossant. Food and Foodways.  ISSN 0740-9710.  14(1), s 35- 53 . doi: 10.1080/07409710600556860
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). "Life upside down". Women and Silent Crises in the Middle East. Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan.  ISSN 1024-1256.  12(1), s 23- 37
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Stones and Stories: Engaging with complex emergencies, In Inger Marie Okkenhaug & Ingvild Flaskerud (ed.),  Gender, Religion and change in the Middle East.  Berg Publishers.  ISBN 1845201981.  10.  s 175 - 191
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Thorbjørnsrud, Berit (1996). Midtøsten, I: Signe Howell & Marit Melhuus (red.),  Fjern og nær: Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på verdens samfunn og kulturer.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 82-417-0673-1.  Midtøsten.
  • Thorbjørnsrud, Berit S & Naguib, Nefissa (1994). MIdtøsten, I:  Fjern og Nær. Sosialantropologiske perspektiver på verdens samfunn og kulturer.  Ad Notam, Gyldendal, Oslo..  kapittel.

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  • Naguib, Nefissa & Inhorn, Marcia C. (ed.) (2018). Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious times. Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78533-882-3.  335 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2015). Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food and Family in Contemporary Egypt. University of Texas Press.  ISBN 978-1-4773-0553-9.  158 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & De Vries, Bert (ed.) (2010). Movements of people in time and space : heureux qui comme Ulysses a fait un beau voyage. BRIC.  ISBN 9788274530829.  176 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & de Vries, Bert (ed.) (2010). People´s movement in time and space. BRIC.  ISBN 978-82-7453-082-9.  172 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (ed.) (2009). Food and Foodways in the Middle East. Birzeit University.  ISBN 82-7453-045-4.  190 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (ed.) (2009). Foodways in the Middle East. BRIC.  ISBN 8274530454.  190 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2009). Women, Water and Memory. Recasting Lives in Palestine. Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9789004167780.  200 s. Show summary
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2009). Women, water and Memory: Recasting Lives in Palestine. Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9789004167780.  173 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Okkenhaug, Inger Marie (ed.) (2008). Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East. Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-16436-9.  239 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Knowing Water. University of Bergen/Bir Zeit University.  ISBN 82-7453-028-4.  250 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Knowing water. Lower Jordan Publications.  ISBN 82-7453-028-4.  250 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2003). Knowing water: Palestinian women between the spring and the faucet. Oslo University College.  ISBN 82-579-4254-5.  289 s.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (1996). Med Kall til Ledelse. Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 82-00-21892-9.  93 s.

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  • Naguib, Nefissa (2016). Big Hearted, light-blooded Brothers: Muslim men and nurturing.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2016). Malthus in the Arctic: Displacement, Migration and Gender.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2016). "Spring comes late: Syrian REfugee fathers above the Arctic Circle".
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2015). Eidsvold 24 timer.
  • Norbakk, Mari & Naguib, Nefissa (2014). Love and Responsibility: An ethnography of Masculinities and Marriage in Urban Egypt.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2013). Anthropology of Men, Family and Parenting in the Contemporary Middle East. AMEWS-ebulletin.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2013). How the other half revolts. Perspektiv.  ISSN 1890-2537.  1
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2013). Revolusjonsfest for de få. Perspektiv.  ISSN 1890-2537.  1
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Analysis of a revolution.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Basic Ethnography at the Barricades. International Journal of Middle East Studies.  ISSN 0020-7438.  43(3) . doi: 10.1017/S0020743811000420
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Changes in the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011, 26. november). Kampen for Egypt.  Dagens Næringsliv.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Kvinnenes revolusjon?.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Muslimsk fromhetspraksis, estetikk og kulturdanning i diaspora.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). The whole world is watching us.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Transformations in the Arab World.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Turkey in the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Uprisings in the Arab World.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2011). Women, Bread and revolution.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Adjudicating attachments:Egyptian Jewry and industrial development.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Egyptian Jews: Industry, identity, homeland.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Egyptian Jews: Reconciling with the homeland.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Recollections of food among Egyptian Jews.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). Revisiting Braudel.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). The Ethnography of Bread:Anthropology, politics and cuisine.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). The Weight of Memory: The Case of a Private Armenian Photo Collection in the Diaspora.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2008). “The biggest migration since we left for America”: Revisiting Braudel’s events.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Okkenhaug, Inger Marie (2008). Introduction to Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East, In Nefissa Naguib & Inger Marie Okkenhaug (ed.),  Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-16436-9.  Introduction.  s 1 - 11
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Armenian Photo Albums in the Diaspora.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Cinderellas of Anthropology. Writing about women in the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Foodways: Analytical Possibilities in Anthropology.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). For the love of God.Sisters of St.Elizabeth and orphans in Jerusalem.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Photographs, Memory and Mourning.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Portable Permanence in the Diaspora. The Case of Armenian Jewellers.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Preserving, Negotiating or Ignoring Armeniannes.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2007). Visitors: Armenian orphans in Jerusalem.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). 'A mission to civilise': An anthropological perspective.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Fredrik Barth and the anthropology of the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Olive oil and the cultural politics of 'denomination of origin' in the South of Spain.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Orphans of the Diaspora: Armenian survivors in Jerusalem.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Foodways in the diaspora: Armenians in Jerusalem.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2006). Water and soft threats.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Cultural Forces.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Cultural Forces.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Hilma Granqvist.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Hilma Granqvist.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). I know who I work for: St.Elizabeth orphanage in Jerusalem.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Imperialism and anthropological encounters.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Imperialism and anthropological encounters in The Holy Land 1880-1948.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Implications of complex emergencies in the Levant.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Pioneering anthropologists in the Holy Land, 1880-1948.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2005). Women and silent crises in the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2004). Gender studies in the Middle East.
  • Naguib, Nefissa (2003). Engaging with transnationalism and Patriarchy.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Vaa, Mariken (2003). Models and realities of domestic water supply.
  • Naguib, Nefissa N.A. & Manger, Leif Ole (2003). Knowing Water: Palestinian women between the spring and fauset.
  • Naguib, Nefissa & Wirak, Anders (1997). Strengthening Primary Education in Madagascar: The DINA project.

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