Professor Hanan Elsayad
Associate Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Montclair State University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University; Graduate Certificate in African Studies, Rutgers University
Appointed In
Johnson Hall 411
M/W 11:45AM - 1:15PM and by appt.

Hanan Elsayed teaches French and Arabic languages and literatures.

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Professor Elsayed specializes in 20th-century and 21st-century literature in French. She has a long-standing interest in Francophone literature from the Maghreb, West Africa and the Middle East, Arabic literature, history, and medieval Arabic scholarship. Her first book examined the different ways authors from the Maghreb use historical and religious sources to present fictional accounts of early Islam in French. Her interdisciplinary research continues to explore the interplay of history and literature, representations of Islam, Sufism, colonial legacy, and contemporary France.

Selected Publications


Elsayed, Hanan. L’Histoire sacrée de l’Islam dans la fiction maghrébine. Paris: Karthala, 2016.

With Warren Montag, eds. Balibar and the Citizen Subject. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh UP, 2017.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

Hanan Elsayed. “Race.” in Thinking with Balibar: A Lexicon of Conceptual Practice. Eds. Ann Laura Stoler, Stathis Gourgouris, Jacques Lezra. New York, NY: Fordham UP, 2020. Pp. 193-210.

Hanan Elsayed. “The Trial of Meursault: Inquests and Counter-Inquests.” Romanic Review 111.2 (2020): 316-332.

Elsayed, Hanan. “Tombeau d'Ibn Arabi: ‘It is Ibn Arabi speaking’.” Expressions maghrébines 16. 2 (2017): 117-134.

Elsayed, Hanan. “La Haine: Falling in Slow Motion.” In Balibar and the Citizen Subject. Eds. Warren Montag and Hanan Elsayed. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh UP, 2017. Pp. 235-252.

With Warren Montag. Introduction. Balibar and the Citizen Subject. Eds. Warren Montag and Hanan Elsayed. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh UP, 2017. Pp. 1-33.

Elsayed, Hanan “Early Islamic Historiography: The Background and Sources of Loin de Médine. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Assia Djebar. Ed. Anne Donadey. New York, NY: PMLA, 2017.

Elsayed, Hanan. “Coran et subversion dans Le Silence de Mahomet. French Review 88.2 (2014): 89-102.

Elsayed, Hanan. “‘Silence’ and Historical Tradition in Assia Djebar’s Loin de Médine. Research in African Literatures 44.1 (2013): 91-105.


Representations of French Colonial History (French 363)

Arab Francophone Works (French 301)

Intermediate French I (French 201)

Perspectives from the Arab World (Arabic 275)

Arabic through Media and Film I& II (Arabic 301 & 302)

Intermediate Arabic I & II (Arabic 201 & 202)

Core Seminars

Islam and Literature (CSP 25)

Muslim Women Narratives (CSP 57)