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شادي لويس،” “السعي للعدالة” لخالد فهمي: العيش بسلام ،الموت بكرامة،” المدن، ٩ مارس ٢٠١٩.

Omar Anchassi, “Whose Justice? Which Legality? Islamic Law, Public Health and Criminal Punishment in Egypt’s Long Nineteenth Century,American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, v. 36, no. 3, 2019, pp. 70-75.

Nader Andrawos, review of In Quest of Justice on his Facebook page (January 31, 2020).

Kenneth Cuno, review of review of In Quest of Justice, Turkish Historical Review, v. 11, 2020, pp. 119-124.

Baudoin Dupret, Review of In Quest of Justice, Droit et Société, no. 101, May 2019.

Laura Frances Goffman, “Medicine and Health in the Modern Middle East and North Africa: Review essay of Omar Dewachi, Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq (2017), Khaled Fahmy, In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt (2018), and Richard C. Parks, Imperial Medicine in French North Africa: Regenerating Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (2017),” Arab Studies Journal, v. 27, no. 2, Fall 2019, pp. 170-179.

Şaban Kütük, “In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Eygpt.” Khaled Fahm’ın In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt adlı eserinin tanıtımı. darulfunun ilahiyat 30, 2 (2019): 557–560.

Joseph Ben Prestel, review of In Quest of Justice, American Historical Review, v. 125, no. 3, 2020, pp. 1118-1119.

Delphina Serrano Ruano, review of In Quest of Justice, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 141, Iss. 3,  (Jul-Sep 2021): 731-735.

Avi Rubin, Review of In Quest of Justice,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, c. 94, no. 1, 2020, pp. 152-154.

William Ryle-Hodges, “Law, Medicine, and the Meaning of the Modern State in Nineteenth-Century Egypt: Bringing History and Humanity to Bear on Ideology: Review of Khaled Fahmy’s In Quest of Justice,Bustan: The Middle East Book Review, v. 10, no. 2, 2019, pp. 144-157.

Adam Sabra, “The nature of Egypt’s modernity: State paradox,” Ahram Weekly, 6 April 2019.


Gamal Abdel Nasser,” in Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera, eds., The Global Middle East: Into the Twenty-First Century (Oakland: University of California Press, 2021), 103-116.

Rudolph Peters and the history of modern Egyptian law,” in Maaike Van Berkel, Leon Buskens and Petra Sijpesteijn, eds., Legal Documents as Sources for the History of Muslim Societies: Studies in Honour of Professor Rudolph Peters, (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 12-35.

The crisis of the humanities in Egypt,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 37:1, May 2017, 142-148.

Mehmed Ali dynasty, an article in The Encyclopedia of Empire , ed. John M. MacKenzie (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).

Dissecting the modern Egyptian stateInternational Journal of Middle East Studies, 47:3 (2015), pp. 559-562.

Opening politics’ black box: Reflections on the 
past, present and future of the Egyptian 
Revolution,” in Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson, eds. Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East (London: Profile Books, 2015), pp. 69-81.

“The essence of Alexandria,” pt. 1, Manifesta Journal, # 14, January 2012, pp. 64-72.

“The essence of Alexandria,” pt. 2, Manifesta Journal, # 16, December 2012, pp. 22-27.

“Hosni Mubarak”, an article in The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics, ed. Joel Krieger, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

“The birth of the secular individual: medical and legal methods of identification in 19th-century Egypt”, in Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szerter, eds., Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 335-356.

“Muhammad Ali” an article in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, eds. Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stewart, Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012), pp. 376-77.

The responsibility of Arab governments in the war on Iraq,” in World Tribunal on Iraq, ed. Müge Gürsoy Sökmen (Northampton, Mass.: Olive Branch Press, 2008), pp. 108-113.

Muhammad ‘Ali et la nation égyptienne,” in Bonaparte et l’Égypte: Feu et lumières (Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 2008), pp. 324-329.

Muhammad ‘Ali” in The Encylclopedia of Western Colonialism, ed. Thomas Benjamin, (Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2006), v. 2, pp. 808-09.

“Modernizing Cairo: A revisionist account,” in Making Cairo Medieval, eds. Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman, and Nasser Rabbat. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005, pp. 173-199.

“For Cavafy, with love and squalor: Some critical notes on the history and historiography of modern Alexandria,” in Alexandria, Real and Imagined, ed. Anthony Hirst and Michael Silk. London: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 263-280.

“Towards a social history of modern Alexandria,” in Alexandria, Real and Imagined, ed. Anthony Hirst and Michael Silk. London: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 281-306.

“Justice, law and pain in Khedival Egypt,” in Standing Trial: Law and the Person in the Modern Middle East, ed. Baudouin Dupret. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004, pp. 85-116.

“Mutiny in Mehmed Ali’s New Nizamî Army, April-May 1824,” International Journal of Turkish Studies, v. 8, nos. 1-2, Spring 2002, pp. 129-138.

“Prostitution in nineteenth-century Egypt,” in Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East, ed. Eugene Rogan. London: I.B. Tauris, 2002.

An olfactory tale of two cities: Cairo in the nineteenth century” in Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon, ed. Jill Edwards. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2002, pp. 155-187.

Medicine and Power: Towards a social history of medicine in nineteenth-century Egypt,” Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences, Volume 23, No. 2, Summer 2000, pp. 1-45.

“Medical Conditions in Egyptian Prisons in the Nineteenth Century,” in Marginal Voices in Literature and Society: Individual and Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World, ed. Robin Ostle. Strasbourg: European Science Foundation, 2000, pp. 135-153.

“The police and the people in nineteenth-century Egypt”, Die Welt des Islams, 39 (1999), pp. 1-38.

“The legal history of Ottoman Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society, 6 (1999), pp. 129-135. (with Rudolph Peters).

“The anatomy of Justice: Forensic medicine and criminal law in nineteenth-century Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society, 6 (1999), pp. 224-271.

“The nation and its deserters: Conscription in Mehmed Ali’s army,” International Review of Social History, 43 (1998), pp. 421-436.

“Women, medicine and power in nineteenth-century Egypt,” in Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East, ed. Lila Abu-Lughod. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998, pp. 35-72.

“Law, medicine and society in nineteenth-century Egypt,” Egypte/Monde arabe, no. 34, 2e semestre, 1998, pp. 17-51.

“The era of Mehmed Ali Pasha, 1805-1848”, in The Cambridge History of Egypt, vol. 2, ed. Martin Daly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1998, pp. 139-180.