American Univesity of Beirut

Enass Khansa

Enass Khansa joined AUB´s Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages as an Assistant Professor in January 2018. 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). 
 
Enass has joined the board of The Library of Arabic Literature at NYU-Abu Dhabi, as an editor (2020-2025), and The Arab-German Young Academy (AGYA), as a fellow (2019-2024). She is on the advisory board of Sadik Jalal al-Azm Foundation, US; and Astarté. Estudios del Oriente Próximo y el Mediterráneo, Spain.   
 
Her research interests include medieval adab, anthological writing (4/10-6/12 c.) and manuscript edition.
  
Courses Designed and Taught at AUB
Undergraduate:  
·    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
 
Publishes Articles
“The Untold Story of the Andalusī Umayyad Caliphs and Alfonso III of Galicia,” in War, Diplomacy, and Peacemaking in Medieval Iberia, Published 2020.
 
“The Miniaturization of the World in Pre-modern adab Anthologies,” Approaches to the Study of Pre-modern Arab Anthologies. Handbook of Oriental Studies series with Brill, 2021.  
 
“Can Reading Animate Justice?” in Casuistry, Contingency, and Ambiguity: New approaches to the study of ethics in the Islamic traditions, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (JAIS), December 2021.  
 
“Andalusī Identity Can be Chosen and Earned: A Perspective from Ibn Ḥazm’s (d. 456/1064) Alpuente Epistle” in Latin America, al-Andalus and the Arab World, forthcoming 2021.  
 
Book Projects
 
An Edition: 
Ṭawq al-Ḥamāma, an edition of the medieval treatise on love written in the eleventh century, by an Andalusī Jurist Ibn Ḥazm, with the Library of Arabic Literature. Forthcoming.

The Perfumes of the Minds, a thirteen-century medieval anthology from the Almohad period, based on seven manuscripts-AUB/URB-funded project.                             
An Edited Volume: 
Thinking Through Ruins an edited volume (co-editor with B. Winckler and K. Klein), forthcoming in December 2021.

An Edition and Translation: 
A collection of fourteen medieval popular stories from al-Andalus/North Africa, Kitāb fīhi Ḥadīth Ziyād b. ‘Āmir al-Kinānī, with the Library of Arabic Literature, NYU, 2022. 
 
Other Publications  
 
“The Hadith is Written,” a translation of a short story by Wafik Khansa, published in ArabLit Quarterly, Spring 2020, Vol. 3, Issue I.
 
Medieval Literature for Young Readers Series, Co-Founder |Co-Editor (2019-Present). The project produces visual interpretations of medieval texts in booklets published by NYU-Abu Dhabi Press,

·    Weaving Words: Medieval Short Stories on Luck, Passion and Imagination (2019)
·    On Why People Are Enamored of This World? The Philosopher Responds (2020).
·    On Friendship (October 2021).
·    Women in Power, Biographical History in Comics (forthcoming, 2021).

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