Mona Hassan

Mona Hassan

Assistant 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 Assistant 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, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017. (Monograph)

Hassan, M. "Reshaping Religious Authority in Contemporary Turkey: State-Sponsored Female Preacher." In Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority,edited by M Bano and H Kalmbach, 85-103. Brill, 2012.

Hassan, M. "Modern Interpretations and Misinterpretations of a Medieval Scholar: Apprehending the Political Thought of Ibn Taymiyyah." In Ibn Taymiyyah and His Times,edited by S Ahmed and Y Rapoport, 338-66. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Hassan, M. "Türkische Predigerin (vaize) erteilt eine Fatwa im Istanbuler Muftiamt." In Religionsrecht: Eine Einführung in das jüdische, christliche und islamische Recht,edited by D Bollag, PB Bouzar, RPD Mortanges, and C Tappenbeck, 306-306. Schultthess Verlag, 2010.

Spring 2018

Islamic Civilization I (HISTORY 210)
Gray 228, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2017

Muslim Women Across The Ages (HISTORY 225S)
Keohane 4B 402 SEM, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Islamic Civilization I (HISTORY 210)
Smith Wrhs B271, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2016

Islam In The Americas (HISTORY 351)
Perkins 060, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2015

Muslim Women Across The Ages (HISTORY 225S)
Perkins 079, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Islam In The Americas (HISTORY 351)
Social Sciences 107, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Fall 2014

Topics In Focus Program (HISTORY 190FS)
Perkins 060, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2014

Islamic Civilization I (HISTORY 210)
Perkins 2087, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM