Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history at the University of Toronto
Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history at the University of Toronto. In NMC he teaches modern and contemporary Arab intellectual history; the late Ottoman Empire; and the politics of Archaeology. In History, he teaches settler colonialism in Palestine; liberation struggles, decolonization and counter-insurgency in Asia and Africa; and urban colonialism in the modern Mediterranean.
His past book publications include Fin de Siècle Beirut (OUP, 2005), a co-edited volume Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire (OIB, 2002) and the first of two volumes on modern Arab intellectual History (CUP, 2016). A second edition of his co-authored book Zokak al-Blat: History, Space and Social Conflict in Beirut” has been released by the Orient Institute in Beirut in 2016. He is currently co-editing the OUP Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History with Amal Ghazal; the second CUP volume, Arabic Thought Against the Authoritarian Age, also co-edited with Max Weiss (Princeton), is forthcoming.
He is currently writing a book under contract with OUP on The Middle East and North Africa at the Fin de Siècle. It explores how discourses of regeneration in- and specters of degeneration about the ‘MENA’ region affected European cultural production at the turn of the 19th-century and connected all sides of the Mediterranean Sea. He also holds a SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-2018) on German-Jewish Echoes in 20th Arab Thought which has yielded, inter alia, two articles: “Kafka and Arabs” (Critical Inquiry, 2012), and “Translating Revolution: Hannah Arendt and Arab Political Culture” (http://www.hannaharendt.net/index.php/han/article/view/301).