Research Interests

The Politics of the Middle East and North Africa; Political Islam; Islamist Movements and Parties; the Gender, Politics and Sexuality of Muslim Majority Societies; the Development of Political and Feminist Subjectivity of Islamist Women Activists; the Evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement Post-2013; Islamist Diaspora Movements in the West.

Background and Qualifications

  • PhD in Political Sciences (2017), Dublin City University.
  • M.A. in International Relations (2012), Dublin City University
  • B.A. in International Economics for Cooperation, Development and Peace Studies (2008), La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Doctoral Research

Research Overview

This study examined the evolution of Islamist women’s activism and feminist subjectivity in Egypt, with a focus on the post-2011 Arab Uprisings period. Through an ethnographic study of the Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood, the research explored Islamist women’s strategies to engage in activism and political participation during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the country’s post-revolutionary transition and the repression of Islamists post-2013.


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Selected Publications

  • Biagini, E. (2018) Review of the Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention, by Hendrik Kraetzschmar and Paola Rivetti (eds.) Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (ahead of print
  • Biagini, E. (2017) ‘The Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood between Violence, Activism and Leadership’, Mediterranean Politics Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 35-53.
  • Biagini, E. (2017) ‘The Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood between Violence, Activism and Leadership’ IN Aurelie Campana and Cedric Jourde (Eds.) Islamism and Social Movements in North Africa, the Sahel and Beyond: Transregional and Local Perspectives (Routledge)
  • Biagini, E. (2008) ‘The Financial Credit to Libya During the Italian Colonisation: The Development Role of the Bank of Italy in the North African Region’, Bank of Italy Studies Collection, Via Nazionale n. 100/101, Rome, Italy [in Italian]
  • A full list of publications, research papers and current projects is available at 

Conferences and Invited Talks

  • 2019 Panel Organiser: Stagnation VS. Adaptation: tracking the evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategies and ideology since the 2013 coup, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference, UK, 24-27 June.
  • 2018 Academic Research post the Arab Spring, Experts’ Panel, Irish Post-Graduate Research Conference (IPRC), Dublin City University, Ireland. 7-9 November
  • 2018 Islamist Women’s Feminist Subjectivities in R-Evolution, 5th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Seville, July 16-22
  • 2018 Young Muslim Sisters on Democracy: Reflections from Egypt, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Conference, UK, June 25-28
  • 2018 The Political Participation of the Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood under the MB Government (2011-2013), Institute Français d’ Égypte & Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ) Workshop: ‘Female Religiosities in Egypt: What Form of Engagement’, Cairo, 23 April
  • 2018 Islamist Women and Gender Politics post-2013: The Case of the Egyptian Islamist Women Against the Coup & Ultras Banat, Seminar, Dublin City University, Ireland, 21 Nov
  • 2017 The Ideal Egyptian Muslim Woman 80 Years Later: Notions of Gender and Nationalism in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Nahdha Project, Workshop: ‘The Unmaking of the Middle East: Thinking Through the Crisis’, The Middle East and North African Centre at Sussex, University of Sussex, UK, May 9
  • 2016 Sisters in Resistance: A Gendered Analysis of the Activism of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Movement post the 2013 Coup, Seminar, Dublin City University, Ireland, 23 March
  • 2014 The Egyptian Muslim Sisterhood post the 2013 Military Coup: Between Repression, Violence and Activism, Workshop: ‘Political Islam in the Middle East and West Africa’, Laval University, Quebec, 27-28 November
  • 2013 A Contemporary Overview of Women’s Activism in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: New Spaces, Old Discourses, Workshop: ‘Rethinking Gender in Revolution and Resistance’, Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick, UK, 8-10 July
  • 2013 Explaining Female Support for Islamist Parties: Beyond Feminist Narratives, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), Dublin, Ireland, 24-26 June.