Kenneth Cuno

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

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.

Education

  • Ph.D. UCLA 1985

Distinctions / Awards

  • Albert Hourani Book Prize awarded by the Middle East Studies Association, for Modernizing Marriage, 2015.
  • Honorable Mention, Albert Hourani Book Prize, awarded by the Middle East Studies Association, for The Pasha's Peasants, 1993.

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Cuno, Kenneth Contextualizing Muhammad Abduh’s Views on the Family, Marriage, and Divorce Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought: Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson Contextualizing Muhammad Abduh’s Views on the Family, Marriage, and Divorce Leiden Brill 2017, p. 375-92.
Cuno, Kenneth M Reorganization of the Sharia Courts of Egypt: How Legal Modernization Set Back Women’s Rights in the Nineteenth Century Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey edited by Kent Schull, edited by M. Saraçoğlu, edited by Robert Zens. Reorganization of the Sharia Courts of Egypt: How Legal Modernization Set Back Women’s Rights in the Nineteenth Century Edited by Kent Schull, Edited by M. Saraçoğlu, Edited by Robert Zens, Bloomington, IN Indiana University Press 2016, p. 92-107.
Cuno, Kenneth M “Women with Missing Husbands: Marriage in Nineteenth Century Egypt” Objectivity and Subjectivity in the Historiography of Egypt: In Honour of Nelly Hanna edited by Nasser Ibrahim. “Women with Missing Husbands: Marriage in Nineteenth Century Egypt” Edited by Nasser Ibrahim, Cairo General Egyptian Book Organization 2012, p. 156-170.
Cuno, Kenneth M “African Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt: A Preliminary Assessment” Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean edited by Terence Walz, edited by Kenneth Cuno. “African Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt: A Preliminary Assessment” Edited by Terence Walz, Edited by Kenneth Cuno, Cairo American University in Cairo Press 2010, p. 77-98.
Walz, Terence, and Kenneth M. Cuno “Introduction: The Study of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Mediterranean” Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean “Introduction: The Study of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Mediterranean” Cairo American University in Cairo Press 2010.
Cuno, Kenneth M “Egypt to c. 1919” The New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 5, The Islamic World in the Age of Western Dominance edited by Francis Robinson. “Egypt to c. 1919” Edited by Francis Robinson, Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2010, p. 79-106.
Cuno, Kenneth M Disobedient Wives and Neglectful Husbands: Marital Relations and the First Phase of Family Law Reform in Egypt Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia Disobedient Wives and Neglectful Husbands: Marital Relations and the First Phase of Family Law Reform in Egypt Syracuse Syracuse University Press 2009, p. 3-18.
Cuno, Kenneth M Divorce and the Fate of the Family in Modern Egypt Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia edited by Kathryn Yount, edited by Hoda Rashad. Divorce and the Fate of the Family in Modern Egypt Edited by Kathryn Yount, Edited by Hoda Rashad, Routledge 2008, p. 196-216.
Cuno, Kenneth M Demography, Household Formation, and Marriage in Three Egyptian Villages during the Mid-Nineteenth Century Sociétés rurales ottomanes / Ottoman Rural Societies edited by Mohammad Afifi, edited by Rachida Chih, edited by Brigitte Marino, edited by Nicolas Michel, edited by Isik Tamdogan. Demography, Household Formation, and Marriage in Three Egyptian Villages during the Mid-Nineteenth Century Edited by Mohammad Afifi, Edited by Rachida Chih, Edited by Brigitte Marino, Edited by Nicolas Michel, Edited by Isik Tamdogan, Cairo IFAO 2005, p. 105-117.
Cuno, Kenneth M Ambiguous Modernization: The Transition to Monogamy in the Khedival House of Egypt Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property, and Gender edited by Beshara Doumani. Ambiguous Modernization: The Transition to Monogamy in the Khedival House of Egypt Edited by Beshara Doumani, Albany State University of New York Press 2003, p. 247-270.
Cuno, Kenneth M The Reproduction of Elite Households in Eighteenth Century Egypt: Two Examples from al-Mansura Etudes Sur les Villes du Proche Orient, XVI-XIX Siecle. Hommage a Andre Raymond edited by Brigitte Marino. The Reproduction of Elite Households in Eighteenth Century Egypt: Two Examples from al-Mansura Edited by Brigitte Marino, Damascus IFEAD 2001, p. 237-261.
Cuno, Kenneth M Muhammad Ali and the Decline and Revival Thesis in Modern Egyptian History Reform or Modernization? Egypt under Muhammad Ali edited by Rauf Abbas. Muhammad Ali and the Decline and Revival Thesis in Modern Egyptian History Edited by Rauf Abbas, Cairo Supreme Council for Culture 2000, p. 93-119.
Cuno, Kenneth M A Tale of Two Villages: Family, Property, and Economic Activity in Rural Egypt in the 1840s Agriculture in Egypt from Pharaonic to Modern Times edited by Alan Bowman, edited by Eugene Rogan. A Tale of Two Villages: Family, Property, and Economic Activity in Rural Egypt in the 1840s Edited by Alan Bowman, Edited by Eugene Rogan, Oxford Oxford University Press 1999, p. 301-329.
Cuno, Kenneth M Egypt's Wealthy Peasantry, 1740-1820. A Study of the Region of al-Mansura Land Tenure and Social Transformation in the Near East edited by Tarif Khalidi. Egypt's Wealthy Peasantry, 1740-1820. A Study of the Region of al-Mansura Edited by Tarif Khalidi, Beirut The American University of Beirut Press 1984, p. 303-332.

Journal Articles

Cuno, Kenneth Claiming Heirship: a Litigant Strategy in the Sharia Courts of Nineteenth-Century Egypt Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies 32 2 2017, p. 5-20.
Cuno, Kenneth M Reorganization of the Sharia Courts of Egypt: How Legal Modernization Set Back Women’s Rights in the Nineteenth Century Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2 1 2015, p. 85-99.
Cuno, Kenneth M “Family Ideals, Colonialism and Law,” a review essay Journal of Women's History 22 4 2010, p. 282-292.
Cuno, Kenneth M African Slaves in Nineteenth Century Rural Egypt International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 2 2009, p. 186-188.
Cuno, Kenneth M Contrat salam et transformations agricoles en basse Égypte à l’époque ottomane Annales, Histoire, Sciences Socials 61 4 2006, p. 925-940.
Cuno, Kenneth M The U.S. in the Middle East: Oil as a Factor Bridges: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science 11 1-2 2004, p. 69-86.
War? The View from the Arab Middle East Swords and Ploughshares 14 3 2002, p. 14-16.
Cuno, Kenneth M Ideology and Juridical Discourse in Ottoman Egypt: the Uses of the Concept of Irsad Islamic Law and Society 6 2 1999, p. 136-163.
Cuno, Kenneth M, and Michael J Reimer The Census Registers of Nineteenth-Century Egypt: A New Source for Social Historians British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 24 2 1997, p. 193-216.
Cuno, Kenneth M Joint Family Households and Rural Notables in Nineteenth-Century Egypt International Journal of Middle East Studies 27 4 1995, p. 485-502.
Cuno, Kenneth M Was the Land of Ottoman Syria Miri or Milk? An Examination of Juridical Differences within the Hanafi School Studia Islamica 81 1995, p. 121-152.
Cuno, Kenneth M Commercial Relations between Town and Village in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Egypt Annales Islamologiques 24 1988, p. 111-135.
Cuno, Kenneth M Legal Sources for the History of Egyptian Women before the Twentieth Century Islamic and Mediterranean Women's History Network Newsletter 1 2-3 1988, p. 6-10.
Cuno, Kenneth M The Origins of Private Ownership of Land in Egypt: a Reappraisal International Journal of Middle East Studies 12 1980, p. 245-275.

Books

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Cuno, Kenneth M Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt Syracuse Syracuse University Press 2015. Syracuse UP catalog.
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Cuno, Kenneth M The Pasha's Peasants: Land, Society, and Economy in Lower Egypt 1740-1858 Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1992.

Encyclopedia Entries

Cuno, Kenneth Abbas Hilmi I The Encyclopaedia of Islam Three 3rdrd ed. Leiden Brill 2014.
Marriage: Historical Practice Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women 2013.
Cuno, Kenneth M "Middle East" World Book Encyclopedia Chicago World Book 2012.
Cuno, Kenneth M, and Aaron Spevack Al-Bajuri, Ibrahim b. Muhammad The Encyclopaedia of Islam 3 3rd ed. Leiden Brill 2009.
Cuno, Kenneth M Household: Comparative Practices Encyclopedia of Women in World History Oxford Oxford University Press 2007.
Cuno, Kenneth M United States Policy towards the Middle East Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 Detroit Macmillan Reference 2007.
Cuno, Kenneth M Middle East World Book Encyclopedia Chicago World Book 2006.

Website Articles

Cuno, Kenneth M “Next Steps in Egypt: A Minute with Ken Cuno, Expert on the Middle East.” On the first round of the Egyptian presidential elections. University of Illinois main web site. 2012. University of Illinois.
Cuno, Kenneth M “A Minute with Ken Cuno, Expert on the Middle East.” On the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. University of Illinois main web site. 2011. University of Illinois.
Cuno, Kenneth M The Israel-Hamas Cease Fire Global Viewpoint 2008.

Edited Books

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Walz, Terence, and Kenneth M. Cuno Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in 19th-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean Cairo American University in Cairo Press 2010.
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Cuno, Kenneth M, and Manisha Desai Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia Syracuse Syracuse University Press 2009.

Magazine Articles

Cuno, Kenneth M Multiple Perspectives on Teaching World history – The Middle East The Illinois International Review 2008.
Understanding Sunni-Shi`i conflict in Iraq The Illinois International Review 2007.
Cuno, Kenneth M Sunni-Shi`i Differences in Iraq Illinois International Review 2006.

Newspaper Articles

Cuno, Kenneth M The United States, Israel and the Middle East The Public i Urbana-Champaign 2006.
Cuno, Kenneth M U.S. Needs to Work toward Achieving a Long, Durable Peace Daily Southtown Tinley Park, IL 2006.
Cuno, Kenneth M Constructing Muhammad Ali Ahram Weekly Cairo 2005.
Cuno, Kenneth M U.S. pays for Israeli policy it condemns Chicago Tribune Chicago 2002.
Cuno, Kenneth M Terror Attacks on America: How do We Respond? Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette Champaign-Urbana 2001.