Digital Egyptian Gazette

The Egyptian Gazette, a daily newspaper catering to English and French speaking residents of Alexandria, began publication in 1880. This website is the product of a digital microhistory course at Florida State University, which was offered for the first time in fall 2016. The aim of this course is to produce a digital version of the paper for the years 1905-8, including full structure and content markup. This website features the content of the paper and hosts student analysis of our findings.

Recent Posts

Big Haul of Hashish

£5,000 worth was seized from Mr. Parkinson in the night. Police were able to arrest his suffrage.

Olympic Transportation

Insight into the transportation and lodging of Egyptians to the Athens Olympic Games, in comparison to the current events happening …

The Beginning of Fingerprint Evidence

In 1905, matching fingerprints to identify criminals was a new technology. Because it had only been recently developed, fingerprint …

The Cairo Police

The Cairo Police pulled of a near impossible feat by finding the lost money of an innkeeper with very little details.

Cairo Motor Car Fatality

Pedestrians take the law into their own hands after furious driving leading to accidents.

Will Hanley

Associate Professor of History

Florida State University

Project head

Will Hanley is a legal and social historian of the Middle East. He is associate professor of history at Florida State University. He studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, and Oxford before taking his doctorate in history at Princeton. His first book, Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. He is currently working on a Cairo-centered history of international law between 1870 and 1930.

Will is also engaged in a variety of digital projects, including a historical names database , a digital gazetteer of the Ottoman empire , and lessons on linked open databases and ontologies for the Programming Historian. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the DAAD, and the Institute for Advanced Study.


  • Legal History
  • Egyptian and Ottoman History
  • Computational Methods


  • PhD in History, 2007

    Princeton University