Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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.
Hassan, M. "Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey: State-Sponsored Female Preacher." Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Ed. M Bano and H Kalmbach. Brill, 2012. 85-103.
Hassan, M. "Modern Interpretations and Misinterpretations of a Medieval Scholar: Apprehending the Political Thought of Ibn Taymiyyah." Ibn Taymiyyah and His Times. Ed. S Ahmed and Y Rapoport. Oxford University Press, 2010. 338-66.
Hassan, M. "Türkische Predigerin (vaize) erteilt eine Fatwa im Istanbuler Muftiamt." Religionsrecht: Eine Einführung in das jüdische, christliche und islamische Recht. Ed. D Bollag, PB Bouzar, RPD Mortanges, and C Tappenbeck. Schultthess Verlag, 2010. 306-306.
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).
Hassan, M. "Relations, Narrations, and Judgments: The Scholarly Networks and Contributions of an Early Female Muslim Jurist." Islamic Law and Society 22.4 (2015): 323-351.
Hassan, M. "Women Preaching for the Secular State: Official Female Preachers (Bayan Vaizler) in Contemporary Turkey." International Journal of Middle East Studies 43 (2011): 451-473.
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 5 (2011): 111-130.