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Publications of Mona Hassan    :chronological  alphabetical  combined listing:

%% Books   
   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional
   Pages = {408 pages},
   Publisher = {Princeton University Press},
   Year = {2017},
   ISBN = {9780691166780},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {In the United States and Europe, the word “caliphate”
             has conjured historically romantic and increasingly
             pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate’s significance
             in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly
             understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the
             caliphate for Muslims around the world through the
             analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth
             and twentieth centuries. Through extensive primary-source
             research, Mona Hassan explores the rich constellation of
             interpretations created by religious scholars, historians,
             musicians, statesmen, poets, and intellectuals. Hassan fills
             a scholarly gap regarding Muslim reactions to the
             destruction of the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad in 1258 and
             challenges the notion that the Mongol onslaught signaled an
             end to the critical engagement of Muslim jurists and
             intellectuals with the idea of an Islamic caliphate. She
             also situates Muslim responses to the dramatic abolition of
             the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 as part of a longer trajectory
             of transregional cultural memory, revealing commonalities
             and differences in how modern Muslims have creatively
             interpreted and reinterpreted their heritage. Hassan
             examines how poignant memories of the lost caliphate have
             been evoked in Muslim culture, law, and politics, similar to
             the losses and repercussions experienced by other religious
             communities, including the destruction of the Second Temple
             for Jews and the fall of Rome for Christians. A global
             history, Longing for the Lost Caliphate delves into why the
             caliphate has been so important to Muslims in vastly
             different eras and places.},
   Key = {fds310561}

%% Papers Published   
   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Poetic Memories of the Prophet’s Family: Ibn Ḥajar
             al-ʿAsqalānī’s Panegyrics for the ʿAbbasid
             Sultan-Caliph of Cairo al-Mustaʿīn},
   Journal = {Journal of Islamic Studies},
   Volume = {29},
   Number = {1},
   Pages = {1-24},
   Publisher = {Oxford University Press (OUP)},
   Year = {2018},
   Month = {January},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {Although Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī is primarily known for
             his seminal scholarship in the field of prophetic traditions
             or ḥadīth studies, he was also an accomplished poet. In
             fact, as this article reveals, one of the poems that Ibn
             Ḥajar included in his carefully crafted collection from
             the ninth/fifteenth century struck a deep chord of Muslim
             memories surrounding a restored Islamic caliphate. Far from
             the image of complete apathy to the Cairene ʿAbbasids that
             has long been conventional wisdom, Ibn Ḥajar’s panegyric
             for al-Mustaʿīn (r. 808–16/1406–14) lauded the
             ʿAbbasid caliph’s assumption of the Mamluk sultanate as a
             restoration of legitimate rule to the blessed family of the
             Prophet (ahl al-bayt). In crafting his poem, Ibn Ḥajar
             draws upon a deep reservoir of devotional love for the
             Prophet’s family in the late Mamluk era, embodied by
             al-Mustaʿīn as the descendant of the Prophet’s uncle
             al-ʿAbbās, and upon a dynamic and evolving Islamic legal
             tradition on matters of governance. Even though
             al-Mustaʿīn’s combined reign as sultan and caliph lasted
             only a matter of months, Ibn Ḥajar’s commemoration of it
             became a famous piece of cultural lore down through the last
             years of the Mamluk Sultanate and past the Ottoman conquest
             of Egypt. Through exploring the intertwined histories of Ibn
             Ḥajar, al-Mustaʿīn, and their contemporaries, as well as
             analysing published and manuscript recensions of Ibn
             Hajar’s poetry, topographies of Cairo, Mamluk chancery
             documents, and treatises on Islamic law and ḥadīth
             literature, this interdisciplinary article elucidates the
             religious and socio-political complexity of veneration for
             the ʿAbbasid caliphate in the late Mamluk
   Doi = {10.1093/jis/etx064},
   Key = {fds329171}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Relations, Narrations, and Judgments: The Scholarly Networks
             and Contributions of an Early Female Muslim
   Journal = {Islamic Law and Society},
   Volume = {22},
   Number = {4},
   Pages = {323-351},
   Year = {2015},
   ISSN = {1568-5195},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {Through an extensive analysis of early biographical
             dictionaries and histories, ḥadīth collections and
             commentaries, as well as legal texts, I reconstruct the life
             of a female jurist from the third generation of Muslims. It
             was through informal networks of kin- ship and scholarship
             that ʿAmrah bint ʿAbd al-Raḥmān (d. 106/724)
             contributed to the core of Islamic knowledge in ways similar
             to her male contemporaries, while she also served as a
             resource within the community for the gender-specific
             concerns of women. The depth of her knowledge established
             ʿAmrah’s narrations as reliable evidence of the Prophet
             Muḥammad’s conduct and endowed her own opinions and
             deeds with an authoritative weight respected by
             contemporaries and subsequent generations of Muslim
   Key = {fds254799}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey:
             State-Sponsored Female Preacher},
   Pages = {85-103},
   Booktitle = {Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary
             Islamic Authority},
   Publisher = {Brill},
   Editor = {Bano, M and Kalmbach, H},
   Year = {2012},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {With the active support and intervention of Turkey’s
             Directorate of Religious Affairs, state-sponsored female
             preachers are establishing a new model of female religious
             authority in Turkish society based upon the elevation of
             well-trained and certified women to official positions of
             religious influence, whereby they are energetically engaged
             in (re)shaping the populace’s understanding and
             interpretations of Islam.},
   Key = {fds254802}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Women at the Intersection of Turkish Politics, Religion, and
             Education: The Unexpected Path to Becoming a State-Sponsored
             Female Preacher},
   Journal = {Comparative Islamic Studies},
   Volume = {5},
   Number = {1},
   Pages = {111-130},
   Year = {2011},
   ISSN = {1740-7125 (print) & 1747-9681 (online)},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {This article elucidates how increased religious educational
             opportunities for girls over the past few decades, sparked
             by Turkey’s transition from single-party rule to a
             multi-party political system, has fostered the development
             of state-sponsored female preachers (who are entrusted with
             giving mosque sermons and legal responsa) at the same time
             that contemporary Turkish politics and the vig- orously
             contested place of Islam, Islamic education, and practicing
             Muslims in an assertively secular system has impinged upon
             and redirected their lives in surprising ways. Analyzed
             through the comparative lens of successive generations of
             female students, the continuous contestation over the
             appropriate place of religion — and particularly its
             instruction and social visibility—amid secular state
             apparatuses has both opened and contracted professional
             opportunities for Turkey’s state-sponsored female
   Key = {fds254803}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Women Preaching for the Secular State: Official Female
             Preachers (Bayan Vaizler) in Contemporary
   Journal = {International Journal of Middle East Studies},
   Volume = {43},
   Number = {03},
   Pages = {451-473},
   Publisher = {Cambridge University Press (CUP)},
   Year = {2011},
   ISSN = {0020-7438},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {Nearly one-third of Turkey’s official preaching workforce
             are women. Their numbers have risen considerably over the
             past two decades, fueled by an unforeseen feminization of
             higher religious education as well as the Directorate of
             Religious Affairs’ attempts to redress its historical
             gender imbalances. Created in the early Turkish Republic,
             the Directorate is also historically embedded in
             (re)defining the appropriate domains and formations of
             religion, and the female preachers it now employs navigate
             people’s potent fears rooted in memories of this fraught
             past. In the various neighborhoods of Istanbul, these
             preachers attempt to overcome conservative Muslims’
             cautious ambivalence toward the interpretative and
             disciplinary powers of a secular state as well as assertive
             secularists’ discomfort and suspicion over increasingly
             visible manifestations of religiosity. Thus, the activities
             of state-sponsored female preachers are inescapably
             intertwined with the contestation of religious domains and
             authority in the secular Republic of Turkey and demonstrate
             an intricate interplay between the politics of religion,
             gender, and secularism in contemporary Turkish
   Doi = {10.1017/s0020743811000614},
   Key = {fds254804}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Türkische Predigerin (vaize) erteilt eine Fatwa im
             Istanbuler Muftiamt},
   Pages = {306-306},
   Booktitle = {Religionsrecht: Eine Einführung in das jüdische,
             christliche und islamische Recht},
   Publisher = {Schultthess Verlag},
   Editor = {Bollag, D and Bouzar, PB and Mortanges, RPD and Tappenbeck,
   Year = {2010},
   ISBN = {978-3-7255-6066-0},
   url = {},
   Key = {fds254800}

   Author = {Hassan, M},
   Title = {Modern Interpretations and Misinterpretations of a Medieval
             Scholar: Apprehending the Political Thought of Ibn
   Pages = {338-66},
   Booktitle = {Ibn Taymiyyah and His Times},
   Publisher = {Oxford University Press},
   Editor = {Ahmed, S and Rapoport, Y},
   Year = {2010},
   ISBN = {9780195478341},
   url = {},
   Abstract = {This article overturns widely held perceptions of Ibn
             Taymiyya’s views on the caliphate in contemporary
             scholarship through a close examination of his Fatawa,
             Minhaj al-Sunna, and al-Siyasa al-Shar‘iyya and reveals
             Ibn Taymiyya’s juristic attachment and engagement with the
             concept of the caliphate as a moral and legal necessity for
             the welfare of the Muslim community in the thirteenth and
             fourteenth centuries. The article also reflects on how
             modern accommodationist and confrontationist Islamist groups
             have marshalled Ibn Taymiyya’s work in support of their
             widely divergent positions, sometimes well beyond the letter
             and spirit of his original contributions.},
   Key = {fds254801}

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