Hans Jansen

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Prof. Johannes (Hans) J.G. Jansen (1942-2015) was Houtsma Professor for Contemporary Islamic Thought in the Department of Arabic, Persian and Turkish at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) from 2003 till his retirement in 2008.  In 2010-2011 he was witness for the defense in the trial against the Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Dr. Jansen taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Leiden University from 1982 till  2005. From early 1979 till the summer of 1982 he was director of the Dutch research center in Cairo (Dutch Institute for Arabic Studies and Egyptian Archeology). He also taught at Groningen University (1975-1979) and at Amsterdam University (1982).

Jansen studied in Amsterdam (1960-1964), Cairo (1966-1967) and Leiden (1964-1968). He received degrees from the Theological Faculty of Amsterdam University (Biblical Hebrew and the History of Philosophy, 1961), the Amsterdam University Faculty of Arts (BA, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic, 1964) and the Leiden Faculty of Arts (MA, Arabic, Turkish, and History of the Middle East). He received a doctorate from the University of Leiden in 1974.

His Dutch introduction to Islam, Islam voor varkens... (Islam for Pigs, Uitgeverij Van Praag, 2008), became an instant bestseller.

Jansen has also published three books in English:

  • The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism (Cornell University Press, 1997)
  • The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat's Assassins and Islamic Resurgence in the Middle East (Macmillan, 1986)
  • The Interpretation of the Koran in Modern Egypt (Brill, 1974 and reprinted in 1980; translations: Serajewo 1986; Ankara 1993 & 1999, Yogyakarta 1997) 

In 2013 RVP Press in New York has released an updated and extended edition of The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat's Assassins and Islamic Resurgence in the Middle East.

More info on Jansen @ his own site.

[Posted by ICWV editorial staff on January 13, 2013]

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