Senior Research Fellow
Mohammed Hashas is Fscire Senior Research Fellow at La Pira Library and Research Center on the History and Doctrines of Islam in Palermo. His research areas are modern and contemporary Arab-Islamic thought, European Islamic thought, and contemporary Moroccan thought.
Education and Academic Experience
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Political Science of LUISS University of Rome, from which he holds a PhD in Political Theory on European Islam (with honours “excellent”, 2013).
Hashas was previously a Research Fellow at 1) Babylon Center for the Study of the Multicultural Society in Tilburg, the Netherlands, 2) the Center for European Islamic Thought at the University of Copenhagen, 3) Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, of the University of Oxford, and 4) Leibniz-ZMO Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.
M. Hashas, The Idea of European Islam: Religion, Ethics, Politics and Perpetual Modernity, London, Routledge, 2019.
M. Hashas, Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White’s Open World, New Castle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
M. Hashas, Taha Abderrahmane’s Trusteeship Paradigm: Spiritual Modernity and the Islamic Contribution to the Formation of a Renewed Universal Civilization of Ethos, «Oriente Moderno» 95 (2015), pp. 67-105.
M. Hashas, Is European Islam Experiencing an Ontological Revolution for an Epistemological Awakening?”, «The American Journal of Islam and Society» 31, 4 (2014), pp. 14-49.
M. Hashas, Tareq Oubrou’s Geotheology: Sharia of the Minority and the Secularization of European Islamic Thought, «Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs» 34, 4 (2014), pp. 1-21.
M. Hashas, Abdolkarim Soroush: A Neo-Mu’tazilite that Buries Classical Islamic Political Theology, «Studia Islamica» 109 (2014) pp. 147-173.
M. Hashas, Reading Abdennour Bidar: New Pathways for European Islamic Thought, «Journal of Muslims in Europe (JOME)» 2, 1 (2013), pp. 45-76.
Chi-Chung Yu, Thinking between Islam and the West: The Thoughts of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Bassam Tibi, and Tariq Ramadan, Bern, Peter Lang, 2014, in «Journal of Muslims in Europe» 7 (2018), pp. 1-3.
J. Cesari, Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies, New York, Palgave Macmillan, 2013, in «Journal of Muslims in Europe» 3 (2014), pp. 235-244.
J. Laurence, The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2012, in «Arabic, Mominoun Without Borders Foundation for Research» (online) https://www.mominoun.com/
W. Hallaq, The Impossible State, New York, Columbia UP, 2013, in «Arabic, Mominoun Without Borders Foundation for Research» (online) https://www.mominoun.com/
J.-P. Filiu, The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, in «Plurilogue Politics and Philosophy Reviews» (online), October 2013.
A. Bidar, Comment sortir de la religion (How to Overcome Religion), Paris, Éditions La Découverte, 2012, in «Plurilogue Politics and Philosophy Reviews» (online), January 2013.
European Multiculturalisms: Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges, ed. by A. Triandafyllidou et al., Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, in «JOME, Journal of Muslims in Europe» 1, 2 (2012) pp. 212-214.
T. Ramadan, The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism, London, Penguin Books, 2010, in «Plurilogue Politics and Philosophy Reviews» (online), October 2011.
M. Hashas, The Arab Right to Philosophical Difference: The Concept of the Awakened Youth in the Political Philosophy of Taha Abderrahmane, in Islam in International Affairs: Politics and Paradigms, ed. by N. Manabilang Adiong, R. Mauriello, D. Abdelkader, London, Routledge, 2019, pp. 39-61.
M. Hashas, Does European Islam Think?, in Exploring the Multitude of Muslims in Europe: Essays in Honour of Jorgen S. Nielsen, ed. by N.V. Vinding et al., Leiden, Brill, 2018, pp. 35-49.
M. Hashas, Introduction – Imams in Western Europe, in Imams in Western Europe: Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges, ed. by M. Hashas et al., Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, pp. 19-37.
M. Hashas, The European Imam: A Nationalized Religious Authority, in Imams in Western Europe: Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges, ed. by M. Hashas et al., Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, pp. 79-101.
M. Hashas, Critique and Change: Al-Jabri in Contemporary Arab Thought, in Islam, State, and Modernity Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, ed. by Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M. Hashas, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 1-21.
M. Hashas, The Arab Possible State: from al-Tahtawi to al-Jabri, in Islam, State, and Modernity Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, ed. by Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M. Hashas, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 271-302.
M. Hashas, Subverted Subalternities: A Reading of Leila Abu Zeid and Fatema Mernissi, in Fatema’s Dreams of Transgress: Defaulting the Boundaries of Islamic Feminism, ed. by N. Mokhtari, Rabat, Publications of the International University of Rabat, 2017, pp. 281-314.
M. Hashas, Pluralism within European Islam: Secularizing Theology, Sacralizing Modernity, in The Legal Treatment of Religious Claims in Multicultural Societies, ed. by C. Decaro, Rome, LUISS UP, 2015, pp. 67-86.
M. Hashas, J.J. de Ruiter, Young Muslims in the Netherlands: Understanding Tariq Ramadan, in Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belongings, ed. by M. Topicand Srdjan Sremac, New Castle, Cambridge Publishing Scholars, 2014, pp. 149-193.
M. Hashas, ed., Pluralism in Islamic Contexts: Ethics, Politics and Modern Challenges, Springer, 2021.
M. Hashas, and al-Khatib, M., eds., Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm: Taha Abderrahmane’s Philosophy in Comparative Perspectives, Leiden, Brill, 2020.
M. Hashas, De Ruiter, J.J., and Vinding, N.V., eds. Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges, Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2018.
M. Eyadat, Z., F. Corrao, and M. Hashas, eds., Islam, State and Modernity: Mohamed Abed Al Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, New York, Palgrave, 2018.
Conferences, seminars and workshop
05/11/20. Webinar Presentation: L’idea dell’islam europeo: narrative, discorsi e sfide, within the project of “Combating the structural drivers of anti-Muslim Hatred and Intolerance,” organized by Ponte Per and the University of Calabria, Dept. of Political Sciences, Calabria, Italy. (Online, for Covid-19)
05/11/20. Webinar Presentation: Islam in Europa, Islamofobia, Islam Europeo, organized by Ponte Per and the University of Cagliari, Dept. of Political Sciences, Cagliari, Italy. (Online, for Covid-19)
28/10/20. Webinar/Book Discussion: Islamic Ethics and the Trusteeship Paradigm (Brill 2020), organized by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in Jordan, Amman. (Online, for Covid-19)
1-2/07/20. Conference Introduction (and scientific coordination), “Constitutional Challenges in the Arab World: A Reflective Introduction,” for the 3rd edition of Reset DOC Seminars in North Africa: “Tolerance: Legal and Constitutional Perspectives from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic,” organized by Reset Dialogues on Civilizations (Milan), Reset Dialogues US, in collaboration with the Tunisian Academy for Sciences, Letters and Arts “Beit al-Hikma” in Carthage, Tunisia. (Held online because of Covid-19 pandemic).
04/12/19. Invited. Paper presentation: “Intellectual and Political Islam in the Mediterranean,” for “Perspectives on the New Centrality of the Mediterranean,” at LUISS University of Rome, in collaboration between MISLAM and CRiSSMA Center of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean of the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore (Milano).
23/11/19. Invited. Presentation. “European Islamic Identity.” For the first edition of EULEMA Forum on European Islamic Thought, organized by COREIS Italiana, KAICIID-Vienna, in partnership with the Municipality of Palermo, and the auspices of Deputy of SG of Council of Europe. At Palazzo delle Aquile, Palermo.
08-09/10/19. Invited. Opening Keynote. “Challenges and Opportunities for Muslim Religious Leadership in Europe and North America,” for “From CopyPaste to Domestic Training? Muslim Religious Leadership in Europe and North America,” organized by AIWG (Akademie für Islam in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft/ The Academy for Islam in Research and Society), and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Berlin.
26/10/19. Invited. To give seminars (5 hours) on “”Ethics in European Islamic thought”/ L’etica nel pensiero islamico europeo,” in the programme PRIMED Prevenzione e interazione nello spazio Trans-Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Padova.
30/09/19. Invited. To give Open Seminar/Lecture: “European Islam: Emerging Geotheologies and the Plurality of Authorities,” Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.
10-13/07/19. Conference Introduction (and scientific coordination), “On Tolerance in the Mediterranean,” for Casablanca Seminars 2nd edition, “Tolerance in Mediterranean Societies: History, Ideas, and Institutions,” Reset Doc and King Abdul Aziz Foundation, Casablanca.