Majid Hannoum

Majid Hannoum
  • Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Anthropology
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Ph.D., Princeton, 1996
  • Spring 2024 Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 10-11:00am; and by appointment - send email to

Contact Info

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Fraser Hall, 636
1415 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Courses Recently Taught

  • Religion,Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
  • Current Cultural Anthropology
  • Magic, Science, and Religion


Ph.D. in Princeton, 1996
Sorbonne, 1991


Research Areas:  Middle East, North Africa, France

Research interests:

  • Anthropology and history
  • migration and the law
  • political modernity
  • narrative and memory
  • comparative historiography
  • violence and the state
  • Islam and politics
  • secularism
  • cities and citizenship
  • colonialism and postcoloniality
  • semiotics and discourse analysis
  • phenomenology

Selected Publications

  • Secular Narrations and Transdisciplinary Knowledge,  New York: Routledge, 2023
  • The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press ยท Jun 10, 2021Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021
  • Living Tangier: Migration, Race, and Illegality in a Moroccan City, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020
  • Practicing Sufism: Sufi Politics and Performance in Africa, New York: Routledge, 2016

  • Violent Modernity: France in Algeria , Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010

  • Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Memories: The Legend of the Kahina, A North African Heroine. CT: Greenwood, 2001