American Univesity of Beirut

Enass Khansa

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)

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