Salima Ikram

Salima Ikram
Salima Ikram.jpg
Ikram in 2015
Born1965 (age 53–54)
Lahore, Pakistan
ResidenceCairo, Egypt
Alma materBryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
University of Cambridge,UK
Scientific career
InstitutionsAmerican University in Cairo

Salima Ikram (Urdu: سلیمہ اکرام‎; born 1965) is a Pakistani professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, a participant in many Egyptian archaeological projects, the author of several books on Egyptian archaeology, a contributor to various magazines and a frequent guest on pertinent television programs.

Early life

Ikram was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1965. A visit to Egypt when she was nine led to her interest in Egyptology.[1]


Ikram studied Egyptology and Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA, earning an A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and History.[2] Continuing her studies at the University of Cambridge, she earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Egyptology and Museum Studies.[citation needed] While working for her Ph.D. she also trained in fauna analysis.[citation needed]


Ikram lives in Cairo and teaches Egyptology and Archaeology at the American University in Cairo, where she is now full Professor of Egyptology. She is the correspondent for Kmt, a popular Egyptological journal, and a frequent contributor to Egypt Today. She is the co-director of the Animal Mummy Project at the Egyptian Museum.[3] Since 2001, Ikram has directed, with Corinna Rossi, the North Kharga Oasis Survey (NKOS).[4][5]


Her television credits include Unearthing Ancient Secrets: Animal Mummies on the Sci Channel, Da Vinci Code: Decoded on Channel 4 UK, Tomb Raiders: Robbing the Dead and The Real Scorpion King both on the History Channel and several series and specials for Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel, BBC television, Channel 4 UK, Canal+ and many more. She has also served as an advisor on Universal Pictures hit movie The Mummy.


  • Excellence in Research Award by The American University in Cairo (2007)[citation needed]

Published works

  • Chapters in Nicholson & Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge: CUP)
  • Choice Cuts: Meat Production in Ancient Egypt (Leuven: Peeters, 1995)
  • Death and Burial in Ancient Egypt (Longman, 2003)
  • Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies In Ancient Egypt (American University in Cairo Press, 2005)
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (New York: OUP)
  • Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity (New York: Thames & Hudson/Cairo: AUC Press, 1998) (with Aidan Dodson)
  • Non Human Mummies Catalog (American University in Cairo Press, 2003)
  • Pyramids (Cairo: Zeitouna)
  • Royal Mummies in the Egyptian Museum (Cairo: Zeitouna/American University in Cairo Press, 1997) (with Aidan Dodson)
  • The Tomb in Ancient Egypt (London & New York: Thames & Hudson/Cairo: AUC Press, 2008) (with Aidan Dodson)

Works for young readers

  • Egyptology (Amideast, 1997)
  • In Ancient Egypt: Gods and Temples (Los Altos, CA: Hoopoe Books Ltd., 1998)
  • In Ancient Egypt: Mummies and Tombs (Los Altos, CA: Hoopoe Books Ltd., 1998)
  • Pharaohs (Amideast, 1997)
  • Land and People (Amideast, 1997)


  1. ^ "Dr. Salima Ikram, Faunal Analyst - Theban Mapping Project". Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Salima". The American University in Cairo. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Animal Mummies in the Cairo Museum". Archived from the original on May 10, 2000. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Caring for the Dead". Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "North Kharga Oasis Survey". Archived from the original on July 9, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.

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