ISA Past Presidents

Sari Hanafi

President 2018-2023

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

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  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Damascus University, 1984.
  • B.A. Sociology, Damascus University, 1987.
  • Master's degree (D.E.A.) "Sciences et Techniques dans l'Histoire, la Culture et l'Organisation des Sociétés", University of Strasbourg, 1989.
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris. Thesis on "Les ingénieurs en Syrie. Modernisation, technobureaucratie et identité" ( Supervisor: Michel Wieviorka), 1994.

Posts held

  • Senior Researcher, Centre d'études et de documentation économique juridique et sociale in Cairo (1995-2000)
  • Senior consultant, Welfare Association in Jerusalem (1998)
  • Team leader, Research project: ‘Donors, International Organization and Local NGOs: Agenda Setting and Networking’  (1998-2001)
  • Director, Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre, Shaml (2000-2004)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Poitiers and Migrinter (2004)
  • Associate Professor, American University of Beirut (2005-2011)
  • Visiting Professor, Doha Institute (2019)
  • Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, American University of Beirut (2012-2017)
  • Founder and manager, Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research in/on the Arab World ( (2017-present)
  • Faculty member, Program of Public Policy and International Affairs (2015-present)
  • Professor of Sociology, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, American University of Beirut (2011-present)
  • Director, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies and Chair, Islamic Studies program (2020-present)

ISA participation, main roles

2010-2014 ISA Executive Committee member
2014-2018 ISA Vice-President for National Associations
2018-2023 ISA President

Editorial boards

Mexican Yearbook of Global Affairs, Cadernos ISUP, Islam in Europe and in the Mediterranean world, Global Social Challenges Journal, Mauritian Journal of Philosophical Studies, MAUSS International journal, Irish Journal of Sociology, Sociedade e Estado, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, The Journal of Islamic Research, Bethlehem University Journal, Cahiers de Tunisie, Migration and Society, Sociology of Islam, Kalmoun Journal, Middle East.Topics & Arguments, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Global Sociology, India International Institute of Social Sciences, Journal of Iranian Social Studies, Global South Sephis, South African Review of Sociology, Journal of Economy Culture and Society, International Sociology Review of Books, TERRA, Global Dialogue, International Sociology, Sociopedia.isa.

Book Publications

  • Studying Islam in the Arab World: The Rupture Between Religion and the Social Sciences. London: Routledge, 2023.
  • Candice Raymond, Myriam Catusse and Sari Hanafi (eds.). Un miroir libanais des sciences sociales. Acteurs, pratiques et disciplines. Diacritiques Éditions, 2022.
  • Armando Salvatore, Sari Hanafi and Kieko Obuse (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East. Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • Addressing the rupture between the religious and social sciences: Is the Dawn not Near? Nohoudh Center for Studies and Research, 2021.
  • Sari Hanafi and Chin-Chun Yi (eds.). Sociologies in Dialogue. London: Sage, 2020.
  • Radwan al-Sayyid, Sari Hanafi, and Bilal Orfali (eds.) Towards the Reconstruction of Islamic Studies. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2019. (in Arabic)
  • Tarek Mitri and Sari Hanafi (eds.). The Strong and Weak Arab States in post Arab Uprisings. Beirut: Arab Scientific Publishers, 2019. (in Arabic)
  • Sari Hanafi and Rigas Arvanitis. Knowledge Production in the Arab World: The Impossible Promise. Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies (in Arabic); UK: Routledge, 2016 (in English).
  • S. Hanafi, N. Ben Ghreit-Ramoun and M. Mustafa (eds.). The Future of the Social Science in the Arab World. Beirut: CAUS, 2014. (in Arabic)    
  • Sari Hanafi, Lex Takkenberg and Leila Hilal (eds.). UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees: From Relief and Works to Human Development. Routledge, 2014.
  • Are Knudsen and Sari Hanafi (eds.) Palestinian Refugees: Identity, Space and Place in the Levant. Routledge, 2010.          
  • (ed.) State of Exception and Resistance in The Arab World. Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2010. (in Arabic)
  • Adi Ophir, Michal Givoni and Sari Hanafi (eds.). The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. New York: Zone Books, 2009.        
  • Eyal Benvenisti, Chaim Gans and S. Hanafi (eds.). Israel and the Palestinian Refugees. Berlin: Springer and Max-Planck Institute, 2007.
  • S. Ben Néfissa, S. Hanafi, N. Abdel Fattah and C. Milani (eds.) NGOs and Governance in the Arab World. Issues, Problems and Case Studies. Cairo: American University of Cairo Press, 2005.
  • Sarah Ben Néfissa and S. Hanafi (eds.). Pouvoir et associations dans le monde arabe. Paris: CNR, 2002.
  • Hona wa honaq: nahwa tahlil lil ‘alaqa bin al-shatat al-falastini wa al markaz (Here and There: Towards an Analysis of the Relationship between the Palestinian Diaspora and the Center). Ramallah: Muwatin, Jerusalem: Institute of Jerusalem Studies (Beirut: Institute of Palestine Studies), 2001.
  • Business Directory of Palestinian in the Diaspora. Jerusalem: Biladi, 1998. (in English, French and Arabic)
  • Entre deux mondes. Les hommes d’affaires palestiniens et la construction de l’entité palestinienne. Cairo: CEDEJ, 1997.
  • La Syrie des ingénieurs. Perspective comparée avec l'Égypte. Paris: Karthala, 1997.
  • Bayna ‘alamayn. Rijal al-a’mal al falastiniyyin fi al-shatat wa bina al qayan al falastini (Between Two Worlds: Palestinian Businessmen in the Diaspora and the Construction of a Palestinian Entity), Cairo: Dar al-Mostaqbal al-arabi & Ramallah: Muwatin (Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy), January 1996. (in Arabic)

Presidential address

Hanafi, S. (2023). Toward a dialogical sociology, International Sociology, Online First.