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Ifdal El Saket

Assistant Director Arabic and Islamic Studies / Guest

Dr. I. El Saket Ph.D.
+31 71 527 2727

Ifdal El Saket is assistant-director (Arabic and Islamic Studies and Middle East Studies) at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo. Ifdal received her PhD in history and Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia, where she worked on the history of cinema in Egypt, 1897-1952. She continues to work on histories of the cinema in Egypt, focusing on audiences, the star system, and off-screen dynamics of film production and exhibition. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Arab Studies Journal. She has recently edited (alongside Philippe Meers (UAntwerp) and Daniel Biltereyst (UGent) the volume Cinema in the Arab World: New Histories, New Approaches (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023).

Assistant Director Arabic and Islamic Studies / Guest

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