Ehaab Abdou

Ehaab completed his PhD in Educational Studies at McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education in 2019, where his doctoral research was co-supervised by Prof. Claudia Mitchell and Prof. Paul Zanazanian. The topic of his dissertation was “How Young Egyptians’ Interactions with Egypt’s Master Historical Narrative Shape Their Social Identities and Civic Attitudes”.

In 2015 he was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s Canada Graduate Scholarship of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In 2016 he was awarded the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship’s Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement grant which enabled him to conduct his field research. His field work in Egypt entailed archival analyses of social studies textbooks, and the use of various data collection methods, including written narrative exercises, interviews and participatory visual methods, especially drawings and storyboard development.

His research seeks to promote the inclusion and active participation of marginalized groups, whether young people through avenues of social entrepreneurship and civil society at large in Egypt and the Middle East, or traditionally marginalized perspectives and narratives in educational systems and curricula in Egypt, as well as in North America.

Edited Volumes

Dorio, J. N., Abdou, E. D. & Moheyeldine, N. (Eds.) (2019). The Struggle for Citizenship Education in Egypt: (Re)Imagining Subjects and Citizens. New York: Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Abdou, E. D. (2018). Copts in Egyptian history textbooks: towards an integrated framework for analyzing minority representations. Journal of Curriculum Studies50(4), 476-507. doi: 10.1080/00220272.2017.1398352

Abdou, E. D. (2017). Toward Embracing Multiple Perspectives in World History Curricula: Interrogating Representations of Intercultural Exchanges Between Ancient Civilizations in Quebec Textbooks. Theory & Research in Social Education. 45(3), 378-412. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2016.1276500

Abdou, E. D. & Chan, W. Y. A. (2017). Analyzing Constructions of Polytheistic and Monotheistic Religious Traditions: A Critical Multicultural Approach to Textbooks in Quebec. Multicultural Perspectives, 19(1), 16-25. doi:10.1080/15210960.2016.1263961 

Abdou, E. D. (2016). ‘Confused by Multiple Deities, Ancient Egyptians Embraced Monotheism’: Analysing Historical Thinking and Inclusion in Egyptian History Textbooks. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 48(2), 226–251. doi:10.1080/00220272.2015.1093175

Burkholder, C., Makramalla, M., Abdou, E., Khoja, N., & Khan, F. (2015). Why study power in digital spaces anyway? Considering power and participatory visual methods. Perspectives in Education, 33(4). 6–22.

Book Chapters

Abdou, E. D. & Skalli, L. (2017). Egyptian youth-led civil society organizations: Alternative spaces for resistance and civic engagement? In E. Oinas, H. Onodera, & L. Suurpää (Eds.), What politics? Youth and political engagement in Africa (pp. 75-94). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Abdou, E. D. (2017). Construction(s) of the nation in Egyptian textbooks: Towards an understanding of societal conflict.In M. Bellino & J. Williams (Eds.), (Re)Constructing Memory: Education, Identity and Conflict (pp. 75–98). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-860-0_4

Abdou, E. & El Ebrashi, R. (2015). The social enterprise sector in Egypt: Current status and way forward. In A. Lanteri, & D. Jamali (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East (pp. 37–62). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Selected Conference Presentations

Abdou, E. D. (2018, May). The Arab Spring and Egyptian students’ historical consciousness: Shifting approaches to history education and civic engagement. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education’s (CSSE) annual meeting, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Abdou, E. D. (2018, March). The Arab Spring and Egyptian students’ understandings of citizenship and civic engagement. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society’s (CIES) annual meeting. Mexico City, Mexico.

Jimenez, J., & Abdou, E. D. (2018, March). Digital dialogues in diversity: Developing multicultural history curricula with Egyptian educators in an online setting. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society’s (CIES) annual meeting, Mexico City, Mexico.

Abdou, E. D. & Mitchell, C. (2017, June). When Hollywood curates Ancient Egypt. Paper presented at the International Visual Sociology Association’s (IVSA) annual meeting. Montreal, Quebec.

Selected Opinion Pieces

Abdou, E. (2018, December 21). Reconciling Egyptians with their ancient past? Analyzing students’ perspectives and curriculum representations of ancient Egyptian history. Mada Masr. Retrieved from

Abdou, E. (2017, September 29). Copts in Egyptian history textbooks (Part 2): Issues today and hidden gems from earlier textbooks. Mada Masr. Retrieved from

Abdou, E. (2017, September 22). Copts in Egyptian history textbooks since 1890 (Part 1): Are we asking the right questions? Mada Masr. Retrieved from

Abdou, E. D. (2017, May 21). Opinion: Quebec’s teaching of ancient history needs an update. The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from

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