Enass Khansa earned her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University (2015). She joined AUB´s Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages as an Assistant Professor in January 2018.
In 2016-2017, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture (Harvard University), and in 2015-2016, The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University´s Real Colegio Complutense (RCC). As of this year (Summer 2018), she joins “The Impact of the Maghrib on the Mashriq” Project, at The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, as a Visiting Scholar. Prior to her academic tenure, Enass worked as a diplomat (Damascus-Washington, 2003-Resigned in 2011), and as the Special Adviser to the Chairman at the Atlantic Media (Washingon, D.C. 2013-2015). In 2012 and 2013, she was the recipient of The Open Society Foundation Grant.
Ensas introduces readership, broadly conceived, as a framework for examining Andalusī/Iberian medieval culture, with a focus on the interplay between adab and material culture; the caliphate and the arts; and the intercultural exchange between the Islamic world and Europe.
Enass is working on her first book manuscript; and currently developing three research projects:
• Copious knowledge and the politics of selection (ikhtiyār), interpretation and 'reuse.'
• The transition from the Umayyad Caliphate to the Tā'ifa and the Almoravid periods.
• Recognizing the performative in medieval Arabic literary works (a research project, from which a course will be designed and taught at AUB in Spring 2019, with Dr. Bilal Orfali)
Readers of al-Andalus (Spring, 2018)
Advice Literature (Fall, 2018)
Rhetoric & Power (Fall, 2018)