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 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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2009

Hassan, M. Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016. (Monograph)

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.