Kenneth M Cuno

Professor, LAS International Studies

1980 …2017
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Kenneth M. Cuno researches, teaches, and writes about the history of the modern Middle East. He received a Ph.D. in history at UCLA in 1985, and taught at the American University in Cairo before coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He is the author of Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt (2015), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association. Other recent books include Race and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans, co-edited with Terence Walz (2010); and Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia, co-edited with Manisha Desai (2009). He also authored the chapter on nineteenth-century Egypt in The New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 5 (2010).

Research Interests

Social, economic, and legal history of the modern Middle East; family history.


Ph.D. UCLA 1985

Office Address

Department of History
309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright, MC-466
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output 1980 2017

Contextualizing Muhammad 'Abduh's views on the family, marriage, and divorce

Cuno, K. M., Jan 1 2017, Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought: Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson. Lowry, J. E. & Toorawa, S. M. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, p. 375-392 18 p. (Islamic History and Civilization; vol. 141).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Prophet Muhammad

Reorganization of the Sharia courts of Egypt: How legal modernization set back women’s rights in the nineteenth century

Cuno, K. M., Jan 1 2016, Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey. Indiana University Press, p. 92-107 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

women's rights
twentieth century

Activities 1994 2016

Methodological Strategies in Researching rural History

Kenneth M Cuno (Speaker)
Jun 4 2000

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Annales Islamologiques (Journal)

Kenneth M Cuno (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

American Research Center in Egypt (External organization)

Kenneth M Cuno (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Reinventing Marriage in Egypt

Kenneth M Cuno (Invited speaker)
May 11 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

American Research Center in Egypt (External organization)

Kenneth M Cuno (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Honors & Recognition