Hussein A H Omar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Pembroke College and the History Faculty, as part of the 'First World War and Global Religions’ project. His postdoctoral research examines the anticolonial insurrectionary movements in Egypt and Iraq between 1919-1920. It builds on his doctoral thesis, ‘The Rule of Strangers: Empire, Islam and the Invention of "politics" in Egypt, 1867-- 1914’, which examined political ideas, as well as the very emergence of politics as an autonomous category, in Egypt between 1867 and 1914. Other areas of research interest include: how the property endowed to God (waqf) was managed by the colonial and postcolonial state; the limits of pan-Islamism as a political project; and Muslim sovereignty and kingship, before, after and during the Ottoman defeat in the First World War.
He is also writing a book that narrates the history of Egypt through the story of a single family and its archive.