American Univesity of Beirut

Sari Hanafi

Sari Hanafi is currently a Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut and Chair of the Islamic Studies program.  He is the President of the International Sociological Association. Recently he created the “Portal for Social impact of scientific research in/on the Arab World” (Athar). He was the Vice President of the board of the Arab Council of Social Science. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the sociology of religion, sociology of (forced) migration; politics of scientific research; civil society, elite formation and transitional justice. He is as well editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (Arabic) Among his recent books are: Knowledge Production in the Arab World: The Impossible Promise. (with R. Arvanitis). He is the winner of 2014 Abdelhamid Shouman Award and 2015 Kuwait Award for social science. In 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) of the National University of San Marcos (the first and the leading university in Lima- Peru – established in 1551).
You can check his website here

​Research interests: 

Sociology of science, knowledge prod​​uction, religion, migration and refugees, transitional justice, higher education, political sociology, post-authoritarianism.

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