Mona Hassan

Mona Hassan

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

External address: 
118 Gray Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3531


Mona Hassan is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies & History at Duke University in the departments of History and Religious Studies and the program of International Comparative Studies.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton University and specializes in global Islamic history.  Dr. 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, 2017) received the American Academy of Religion's 2017 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Historical Studies.  It examines Muslim engagement with the notion of an Islamic caliphate following its loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries and explores how poignant memories of the lost caliphate have percolated through Muslim culture, law, and politics across Afro-Eurasia.  She has also researched and published on 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 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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2009

Hassan, M. Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History. Princeton University Press, 2017.

Hassan, Mona. “Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey: State-Sponsored Female Preacher.” Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach, Brill, 2012, pp. 85–103.

Hassan, Mona. “Modern Interpretations and Misinterpretations of a Medieval Scholar: Apprehending the Political Thought of Ibn Taymiyyah.” Ibn Taymiyyah and His Times, edited by Shahab Ahmed and Yossef Rapoport, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 338–66.

Hassan, Mona. “Türkische Predigerin (vaize) erteilt eine Fatwa im Istanbuler Muftiamt.” Religionsrecht: Eine Einführung in Das Jüdische, Christliche Und Islamische Recht, edited by David Bollag et al., Schultthess Verlag, 2010, pp. 306–306.

Hassan, Mona. “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, vol. 29, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 2018, pp. 1–24. Crossref, doi:10.1093/jis/etx064. Full Text

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. 323–51.

Hassan, M. “Women Preaching for the Secular State: Official Female Preachers (Bayan Vaizler) in Contemporary Turkey.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 43, 2011, pp. 451–73.