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The Khamasin: Journal of Political Science was created in 2006 by The American University in Cairo’s Department of Political Science. Intended to serve as a forum for learning and dialogue within the AUC community and beyond, Khamasin responds to a desire voiced by both students and faculty to encourage a community of exchange at both the departmental and school levels and to reach out to a larger readership on contemporary issues of social and political importance. 

About Khamasin

As an interdisciplinary journal, Khamasin seeks to publish theoretical, field and research-driven studies which address a variety of issues within the scope of political science in particular, and social sciences and humanities in general. Khamasin welcomes submissions from undergraduate and graduate students from universities in Egypt and beyond from various disciplines relating to political science and/or broadly concerned with the Middle East and North Africa.

Submission Guidlines

Submissions may come in the following visual and written forms

  • Research papers in the range of 4,000 - 6,000 words  

  • Book reviews in the range of 1,000 - 2,000 words 

  • Political film and/or art reviews in the range of 2,500 - 3,000 words

  • Roundtables/Interviews in the range of 2,500 - 3,000 words

Interested authors must submit electronically to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2024, at 16:00 pm Cairo Local Time.

Late submissions are not accepted.

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Current Issue - Spring 2022

This edition of the journal took as its point of departure and inspiration the grassroots feminist burst of activity in the past several years in Egypt. Women and girls have taken to social media to highlight issues ranging from street harassment and assault to domestic violence, marital rape, gang rape, seeking legal and public action. The visibility of these stories has forced a national conversation that has long been denied.

Khamasin Issues

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Spring 2021

During the process of this issue’s publication, the Israeli government has once again used force against peaceful worshipers in the Al-Aqsa mosque while simultaneously displacing Palestinians from their homes. In solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle against colonialism, we have decided to adopt a picture manifesting the Palestinian struggle.

Spring 2020- Khamasin

Spring 2020

The authors in this issue completed their submissions under difficult conditions of lockdown and isolation, while also living through a historical moment where communities around the world were confronting governments with their colonial and imperial legacies and ongoing racialized structures of violence. 

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Fall 2019

The selected papers in this Fall 2019 issue address a range of interrelated and timely topics in the present period, including border policing, political exclusion, the mobilization of space and nature as part of state formation, the politics of media and communication, and collective struggle in policed spaces. The papers in this issue begin a discussion around the relationship between state policies, political resistance movements, and our scholarly work and responsibilities as members of academic institutions.

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Spring 2018

This is the fifth issue of Khamasin: Reflections on Society and Politics in the Middle East. In this issue, Reham ElMorally elaborates in her paper why having an intersectional post-colonial perspective is crucial in gender mainstreaming of international development projects. Besides, Ashrakat Abdelsamad’s article “Bolivian Experience with Neoliberalism: What Lessons for Egypt?. Hana Shaltout article titled “Salama Killa, The Destiny of Arab Revolutions: A Theoretical Analysis for the Purpose of Crystallizing a New Strategy of the Left”.  A comparative Survey of Research Papers by Arab Scholars 2004-2014 by Othman Omran Khalifa, Aisha Hassan Abdallah, and Nasser Youssef.

Previous Issues

For previous Khamasin Issues click on the issues below:


Contact Us

The Department of Political Science
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74   
New Cairo 11835, Egypt   
t: +2.02.2615.1945 

[email protected]