Shehab Ismail


Guest Research Associate


Shehab Ismail is a historian of science and technology, cities, and the modern Middle East history. Prior to coming to TUM, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). He received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University (New York) in 2017. His current book project Pipe Economics: Engineering the Waters of Modern Cairo brings the untold story of water engineering in Cairo to bear importance on theoretical questions of relevance to the history of technology, political economy, empire, cities, and the environment. The book explores the technology, political economy, and geography of urban waters between 1865, when Egypt was a semi-independent Ottoman province, to 1940 during decolonization from British rule. Bringing science and technology studies (STS) in conversation with political economy, the book places Cairo’s colonial-era engineers within a broader history of cross-fertilization between engineering and economics.


Core Topic: Global Histories of Engineering

Core Topic: Urban Natures. Landscapes, Infrastructures, Technologies

STS3 - History of Science and Technology

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