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Mona F Hassan, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and History and Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Mona F Hassan

Mona Hassan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies & History in the departments of Religious Studies and History and the program of International Comparative Studies at Duke University.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton University and specializes in global Islamic history.  Hassan’s research and publications analyze the intersections of religion, culture, gender, and politics.  Her first book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines Muslim engagement and entanglement with the notion of an Islamic caliphate following its loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries.  Her second book project on female Muslim jurists explores the shifting contours of women’s Islamic legal scholarship from the emergence of the Muslim community in the seventh century to the secular interventions of modern nation-states in the present. Some of her recent articles in this vein reinterpret how the history of Turkish secularism continues to affect the spatial mapping and contestation of gendered religious domains in the modern Republic of Turkey.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  118 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3531
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2017):  (typical courses)

  • RELIGION 219S.01, MUSLIM WOMEN ACROSS THE AGES Synopsis
    Keohane 4B 402 SEM, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 224S.01, CULANTH 224S.01, GSF 209S.01, HISTORY 225S.01, ICS 365S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • RELIGION 375.01, ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION I Synopsis
    Gray 228, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 122.01, CULANTH 256.01, HISTORY 210.01, MEDREN 268.01)
  • RELIGION 999.01, SPECIAL READINGS Synopsis
    TBA, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Education:

Ph.D.Princeton University2009
Specialties:

African, Middle East and Asia
Cultural History
Gender
Global and Comparative
Global Transnational History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Medieval and Early Modern History
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Research Interests:

Mona Hassan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History, and her research explores the intersections of religion, culture, politics, and gender. She investigates the shifting socio-political and cultural contexts in which Muslim female scholarship has been formed and articulated. Some of her recent articles in this vein reinterpret how the history of Turkish secularism continues to affect the spatial mapping and contestation of gendered religious domains in the modern Republic of Turkey. Her first book, Longing for the Lost Caliphate: Religious Imaginaries of State and Community among Premodern and Modern Muslims, examines Muslim engagement and entanglement with the notion of an Islamic caliphate following two poignant moments of symbolic loss, the Mongol destruction of the Abbasid caliphate in 1258 and the Turkish nationalist abolition of the Ottoman caliphate in 1924. It examines what Muslims across Afro-Eurasia imagined to be lost with the disappearance of the Abbasid and Ottoman caliphates and how they attempted to recapture that perceived loss, and in doing so redefined the caliphate for their times, under shifting circumstances. Vivid collective memories of the caliphate created a shared sense of community among disparate peoples at the same time as they gave rise to differing and competing visions of the community’s past, present, and future.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Hassan, M, Poetic Memories of the Prophet’s Family: Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī’s Panegyrics for the ʿAbbasid Sultan-Caliph of Cairo al-Mustaʿīn, Journal of Islamic Studies (2017), Oxford University Press (OUP)  [abs]
    2. Hassan, M, Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (2016), pp. 408 pages, Princeton University Press, ISBN 9780691166780 [html]  [abs]
    3. Hassan, M, Relations, Narrations, and Judgments: The Scholarly Networks and Contributions of an Early Female Muslim Jurist, Islamic Law and Society, vol. 22 no. 4 (2015), pp. 323-351, ISSN 1568-5195 [15685195-00224p01]  [abs]
    4. Hassan, M, Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey: State-Sponsored Female Preacher, in Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, edited by Bano, M; Kalmbach, H (2012), pp. 85-103, Brill [women-leadership-and-mosques]  [abs]
    5. Hassan, M, Women at the Intersection of Turkish Politics, Religion, and Education: The Unexpected Path to Becoming a State-Sponsored Female Preacher, Comparative Islamic Studies, vol. 5 no. 1 (August 2011), pp. 111-130, ISSN 1740-7125 (print) & 1747-9681 (online) [7978]  [abs]


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