American University of Beirut

Enass Khansa

Enass Khansa joined AUB´s Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, and currently assumed the position of chair (2022-2025). She holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University (2015). In 2016-2017, Enass was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University; and in 2015-2016, The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University´s Real Colegio Complutense (RCC). Prior to that, Enass held a tenure as a diplomat (2003- Resigned in 2011), and as the Special Advisor to the President of the Atlantic, in Washington, D.C. (2013-2015). She has joined the editorial board of The Library of Arabic Literature, Astarté. Estudios del Oriente Próximo y el Mediterráneo, Spain, and the advisory board of Sadik Jalal al-Azm Foundation, US. 

Her research interests include literary criticism, medieval adab, anthological writing (4/10-6/12 c.), interdisciplinary research and manuscript edition. 

 Of the courses she designed and taught at AUB,


·    Readers of al-Andalus   

·    The Caliphate and the Arts 

·    Advice Literature (Mirrors for Princes) 

Graduate seminar: 

·    Rhetoric and Power   

·    Visual and Literary Culture of the Islamic West 

·    Apostrophe in Premodern Arabic Literature  

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