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Joel Wiklund Abdelmoez Ahmed

Biträdande studierektor

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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Telephone 08-16 28 97
Visiting address Kräftriket 1
Postal address Mellanösternstudier 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an adjunct in the area of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. My main interests are arab media and cultural studies, gender and masculinities, and critical military studies. I am currently working on my MA, which deals with the Saudi government's use of social media, mainly Twitter, to communicate solidarity with the victims after terrorist attacks. This study utilizes rhetorical criticism to explore “grievability” – that is, whose lives are considered “worthy” of our grief. 

Besides my work and studies, I am also opinion editor for the MENA Magazine, chairperson for the Swedish MENA Association, classical pianist, and an avid SitCom-fan.


  • MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (ongoing, Stockholm University)
  • BA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures: "Media, Military and Masculinity: A semiotic analysis of men, masculinities and the military in Egyptian online press" (2015, Stockholm University)



  • Gender and feminism in the Middle East (7,5 ECTS)
  • Theory of knowledge, research methods and critical thinking (7,5 ECTS)
  • Middle Eastern and North African media (7,5 ECTS)


  • Politics and religion in the Middle East and North Africa (7.5 ECTS)
  • Minorities and migration (7.5 ECTS)
  • Middle Eastern and North African media (7.5 ECTS)


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Joel Wiklund Abdelmoez. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies 6 (2), 109-131

    In the summer of 2013, millions of Egyptians returned to Tahrir square in Cairo to demand the resignation of the country’s first democratically elected president. This article examines the two key terms mainly used to describe the ousting of President Mohamed Morsy, ‘coup’ and ‘revolution’, and how these terms can be understood as arguments for two different interpretations of the event. Particular focus is given to the press corps of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which reveals a discrepancy between the interpretation of Scandinavian online press and the Egyptian majority, meaning that the Scandinavian press corps is telling a story that is not recognized by those it is about. While many media producers speak of a severe polarization, it is found that the divide is actually small in number, but grows over time, raising questions about journalistic practice and media ethics. It is concluded that Scandinavian reporting on the Middle East needs to be seriously evaluated and reformed in order to improve its credibility.

  • 2017. Joel Wiklund Abdelmoez. Orientaliska Studier (151), 5-19

    Denna studie bygger på etnografiskt material insamlat i Kairo, under hösten 2014. Med hjälp av semi-strukturerade intervjuer och internetenkäter undersöks hur maskulinitet(er) talas om och beskrivs i vardagliga sammanhang, samt hur maskulinitet uppfattas i relation till dess medierepresentation.

  • 2017. Joel Abdelmoez Wiklund. Orientaliska Studier (152), 5-14
  • 2015. Joel W. Abdelmoez A., Noha Mellor, Elie Wardini.

    This study aims to investigate the connection between concepts of masculinity and militarism in Egyptian online press. In order to avoid reification of stereotypical, orientalist constructions of Arab men as villains or oppressors, this study does not look at men in the typical sense, either as individuals or as a group, but as gendered subjects, socially constructed through performativity. Furthermore, this study is grounded in material derived from four months of ethnographic field studies in Cairo, exploring the understanding of masculinities by Egyptian media audiences and media professionals. The purpose of this study, as such, is to locate ‘militarised masculinity’ within Egyptian online press; to explore how militarism and notions of masculinity become entangled and what role the media plays in perpetuating this entanglement. Seeing how the military is an institution of state-sanctioned violence, combined with a rigid, normative representation of men and a shunning of ‘deviant masculinities’ in media, it is possible that a celebration of (ideal) masculinity as militaristic is related to issues of violence against women, and persecution of non-heterosexual men. In a time when media personalities are actively working with the police to ‘hunt’ gay men, and publicly expose those seen as deviating from ‘traditional’ or ‘hegemonic’ masculinity, it is today even more important to examine Egyptian media, in regards to minority and gender representation as well as hegemonic discourse. 

  • 2015. Joel Wiklund Abdelmoez.

    This article examines the radicalization of politics in the 1990s leading up to the al-Aqsa intifada, also known as the Second Intifada. A study of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, Kach, and Kahane Chai reveals that the violence of these radical groups is not necessarily senseless rebellions against oppression but could instead be seen as calculated efforts to obstruct the peace process, suggesting that unsuccessful negotiations and a subsequent turn to violence are not failures of the peace process but are instead deliberate attempts to undermine it. Understanding the motivation behind acts of terror in Israel and Palestine today and its role in radicalization is crucial in countering terrorism and highlighting the road to peace.

  • 2014. Joel Wiklund Abdelmoez. Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 12 (2), 100-113

    Var det en revolution eller en statskupp? Den tredje juli, 2013, avsattes egyptens första demokratiskt valda president, och sedan dess har media kämpat med vad de ska kalla händelsen. Revolution eller statskupp, det är frågan.

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Last updated: February 24, 2018

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