Mustafa Menshawy

Post Doctoral Researcher

Lancaster University

Dr Mustafa Menshawy is a Post Doctoral Researcher at SEPAD. He holds a PhD in politics from the University of Westminster and an MA in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His main research interests concern the interplay between discourse and politics in the Middle East. He worked for the London School of Economics, University of Westminster, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, the European Union. Before moving to academia, he worked as a journalist with the BBC and al-Ahram Weekly. A winner of Lorenzo Natali Prize. He now works in a manuscript on ‘Arab First Ladies of Authoritarianism’.


Key Publications:


Menshawy, Mustafa(2018) ‘Constructing State, Territory, and Sovereignty in the Syrian Conflict’, Politics, 39 (3), pp332-346. 

Menshawy, Mustafa(2017), State, Memory, and Egypt’s Victory in the 1973 War: Ruling by Discourse,Cham: Palgrave.

Menshawy, Mustafa(2020), Leaving the Muslim Brotherhood: Self, Society and the State, Cham: Palgrave.

Menshawy, Mustafa(2020) 'The Legitimating Power of Discourse: Constructing the 1973 War under Mubarak,' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, DOI: 

Menshawy, Mustafa(2018), ‘Locating Religion in Victory-Making: The 1973 War Discourse in Egypt’, Journal of Contemporary Religion,33 (1), pp. 39-52  

Menshawy, Mustafa(2016) ‘Turning ‘defeat’ into ‘victory’: The Power of Discourse on the 1973 War in Egypt’, Middle Eastern Studies, 52 (6), pp. 897–916.

Menshawy, Mustafa(April 2017) 'Trump's Victory: Analyzing the presidential discourse and the Impact on Right-Wing Politics in Europe', Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya, 52 (208).

Menshawy, Mustafa (Spring 2021): ‘The Power of Discourse: Sovereignty Making and Re-Making in the Middle East’, Insights, University of Durham (forthcoming)

Menshawy, Mustafa and Khalil al-Anani(2021), ‘The Media Discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood: Reconfiguring Individual, state and Society’, Middle East Law and Governance(forthcoming)