Magdi Guirguis is an independent researcher, and a specialist in Egyptian documentary sources from the Ottoman period.
He received his PhD from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University. Currently he is teaching at Kafr El-Sheikh University. Guirguis has published widely in Arabic in the field of Social History. Among his publications in English are: An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Egypt: Yuhanna al-Armani and His Coptic Icons, The American University in Cairo Press, 2008; (co-author with Nelly Van doorn-Harder), The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy, in the series The Popes of Egypt, editors: Stephen Davis and Gawdat Gabra, The American University in Cairo Press, volume III, 2011. He was a EUME Fellow from 2006 to 2007. From October 2012 to spring 2014 he is a Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, as well as of EUME. In Berlin, Magdi Guirguis will work on his project “A Socio-Economic History of Coptic Monasteries in Mamluk and Ottoman Egypt (15th - 18th Centuries)”.