Associate Professor of Practice of Arabic | Arabic Language Coordinator Modern Languages & Literatures

Abla Hasan, Associate Professor of Practice of Arabic language and culture, PhD in Philosophy of Language from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013; MA in Philosophy as a Fulbright grantee from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. Dr. Hasan obtained her BA in Philosophy from Damascus University in 2000, followed by a Diploma of High Studies from Damascus University in 2001. She is a native speaker of Arabic. She teaches Arabic language and culture and she is the Program's undergraduate adviser and coordinator. Her teaching and research focus on Qur'anic Studies, Islamic feminism, women and gender studies and Arabic studies. 

This page includes the most recent accomplishments. To view more, see Dr. Hasan's CV: (English) (Arabic)

Education

  • PhD, Philosophy of language, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May 2013.
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009.
  • Diploma of high studies in philosophy, Damascus University, 2001. 
  • BA, Philosophy, Damascus University, 2000. 

Recent Publications

Book publications:

  • Decoding the Egalitarianism of the Qur’an: retrieving lost voices on gender. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books. 2019.

Peer reviewed articles: 

  • In press: “Niqula Ghabriyal, Abhath al-Mujtahidin” in Christian-Muslim Relations (Leiden: Brill). Co-authored with Simon A. Wood, Classics and Religious Studies, UNL.
  • Book review: Arab cooking on a prairie Homestead and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer. In. Great Plains Quarterly. Lincoln: Center for Great Plains Studies. Vol: 38. No: 4. 2018. 
  • “The Queen of Sheba: Would rethinking the Quranic story support female public leadership In Islam?”. In: Analizepeer-reviewed international journal. The Romanian Society for Feminist Analyses. Issue No: 7(21), 2016. 
  • “The Quranic story of Mary: Does rethinking the text support women prophethood?. In: Ar-Raniry: peer reviewed international journal of Islamic Studies. The State Islamic University (UIN). Vol: 3. No: 1. 2016. 
  • “Scientific language credibility: a philosophical investigation”. In: Dirasat Wa Abhath: an international peer reviewedresearch journal. University of Djelfa. N: 20, Sep, 2015. 
  • “The individual-group transformation: a triple academic approach to understanding social human nature”. In: Jil: an international peer reviewed journal. Jil research center. ISSN 2311-5181. No: 11. September, 2015. 
  • “Defending backwards causation against the objection form the ignorance condition”. In: Disputatio: an international peer reviewed journal of philosophy. Philosophy center of the University of Lisbon. Vol: VI. No: 39. November, 2014.
  • “Physicalism: a critical approach”. In: Jil: an international peer reviewed journal. Jil research center. ISSN 2311-5181. No: 3. October, 2014.
  • “Psychological backwards causation”In: Al-Manarahpeer reviewed journal. Al-al Bayt University. Vol: 20. No: 2. February, 2014.
  • “Plato’s antifeminism: A new dualistic approach". In: E-logos. ISSN 1211-0442. University of Economics. Prague. 2012. 
  • “Indexical Dependence”. In: Dirasat Wa Abhathan international peer reviewed research journal. ISSN: 9751-1112. N: 12. University of Djelfa. Sep, 2013.

Academic Grants & Awards

  • “Forcibly removed: Homeland Detachments of International and Indigenous Refugees”. UNL-UNK collaboration initiative, CO-PI, 2019. $ 20,000
  • Grant from University of Michigan. Mellon Foundation Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum project (DISC), fall and spring, 2019. $26,733
  • Middle East learning and cultural center, MELCC grant to support the Big Arabic Day 2019. 
  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the U.S grant to support the Big Arabic Day, 2019. $650
  • Grant from University of Michigan. Mellon Foundation Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum project (DISC), spring, 2019. $15,843
  • ENHANCE College of Arts and sciences award for research, scholarship, and creative activities, spring 2018.$5000
  • Grant from University of Michigan. Mellon Foundation Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum project (DISC), spring, 2018.$10,000
  • UNL peer review project fellowship, faculty development program, 2016-2017. $1000.  A link to the project portfolio: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/30
  • UNL Certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL parents association, 2017. 
  • UNL Certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL parents association, 2016. 
  • UNL peer review project fellowship, faculty development program, 2015-2016. $500. A link to the project portfolio: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/18/
  • UNL parents’ association grant to support events at UNL, spring 2015. $150
  • UNL Convocations Committee award for funding a guest speaker, fall 2014-2015. $750
  • UNL peer review project fellowship, faculty development program, 2014-2015. $500. A link to the project portfolio: http://courseportfolio.org/peer/pages/index.jsp?what=portfolioObjectD&portfolioObjectId=510
  • Pennsylvania STARTALK Fellowship for teachers of Arabic: A Professional Development Program for Teachers (Arabic), STARTALK Arabic Academy at Penn State, The training was covered by a fellowship that also covered ARAB 497G, Section 601: teaching Arabic, Pennsylvania, May 21 to July 21, 2014. 
  • UNL parents association grant to support events at UNL, spring 2014. 
  • UNL Certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL parents association, 2013. 
  • UNL Convocations Committee award for funding a guest speaker, fall 2013-2014. $750
  • Nominated for the outstanding graduate teaching assistant award by the department of Classics and Religious studies ,University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the year 2012-13
  • Damascus University scholarship for graduate study abroad, 2009.
  • The Fulbright scholarship for the Master’s degree, 2007.
  • Al Basel award for Academic Excellency for the year 1998,( Damascus University) 
  • Al Basel award for Academic Excellency for the year 1997,(Damascus University)

Invited Lectures & Talks

  • Worship and wisdom. Invited talk. “Five myths about Islam” First Plymouth Church. Sep 4th, 2019. A link to the talk : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVuhwBJPKwU
  • Teaching Islam vs. preaching Islam in the classroom: how to teach an ideology-free course on Religion”, DISC supplementary invited talk, Rutgers University, Digital Islamic curriculum, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey April 11, 2019. A link to the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzPIFcE-Vy4&t=582s
  • DISC Round Table discussion, Mellon Foundation Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, Chicago, May10, 2018. 
  • “The Lost Gender Egalitarian Voice of the Qur’an”. Invited Talk. Digital Islamic curriculum, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey, Feb 19, 2018.
  • “The Muslim Ban: Patriotism or Xenophobia”. Featured Guest. UNL Ethics Center. Lincoln. January 24, 2018. 
  • “Faith and Feminism”. Panel discussion. Wesleyan University. Lincoln. October 24, 2017.  
  • "Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else)". A film screening and a panel discussion. The Mary Riepma Ross Media Center. Sep, 2017. 
  • “Understanding Islam: what it's like to be Muslim in the Midwest”. An invited talk. Hastings College, French Memorial Chapel. Hastings. April 28, 2017.  A link to the talk is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edTiKUM7g-Q&t=1375s
  • “A reading and a reflection from the Story of Mary in the Quran”. An invited talk. Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Lincoln. April, 18, 2017. 
  • “World Religions Panel: Wisdom from Diverse Voices”. Panel discussionHeckman Auditorium. Doane College. Crete. April 6, 2017.  A link to the panel is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ8cQmT_ZSk&t=1544s
  • “Strength in Solidarity”. Keynote speaker. Women’s Week 2017: The 11th annual Women’s History Month Banquet, The University of Nebraska Women’s Center. Champion's Club. March 15, 2017. 
  • Syrian conflict and refugee crisis”. An invited talk. UNL Global studies Global Café .Nebraska union. Colonial A. January 26, 2017.
  • “The meanings of gratitude”. Keynote speaker. Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. South Street Temple. November 20, 2016.
  • “The Muslim Jesus”. An invited lecture. First- Plymouth. Nov 13, 2016. 
  • Women in the Quran”. An invited lecture. First- Plymouth: Mayflower Hall. October 29, 2016.
  • Embrace diversity”. Panel discussion. Bryan Health College. Lincoln. October 24, 2016.
  • What is the Quran?” An invited lecture. First- Plymouth: Mayflower Hall. September 28, 2016. 
  • “Women in the Middle East: Hopes and challenges”. Women's Salad Supper. First-Plymouth. June 15, 2016. 
  • The Muslim Mary”. An invited talk. First-Plymouth. June 12, 2016.
  • How do we get to Haven?” An invited talk. First-Plymouth East at Kloefkorn Elementary. June 12, 2016.
  • Women in Islam”.  Nebraska citizens for science. Saint. Paul Church. April 21, 2016.
  • “Symposium: Understanding and Embracing Individuals from the Middle East”. Unitarian Church. Lincoln. March 17, 2016.
  • Identifying Stereotypes”. Keynote speaker. Doan Collage. Multicultural Support Services Crete. March 14, 2016.
  • Women issues in the Arabic culture”.  Heartland Association: Nebraska Conference. United Church of Christ. Spring meeting. March 13, 2016. 
  • Puddin”. Panel discussion. Child hunger in the community. The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. March 12, 2016. 
  • The Quran”. First Lutheran Church. Lincoln. Feb 9, 2016.  
  • A Syrian Immigrant's Experience”. The Faith Coalition of Lancaster County. The community heath endowment. Lincoln. Feb, 2016.
  • Syria: An ongoing journey into the unknown”. Featured discussion leader. UNL Ethics Center. Gaughan Multicultural Center. Jan 20, 2016. 
  • The Syrian Crisis”. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Lincoln. Dec, 2015.
  • Syria and ISIS: The Human Cost”. Panel discussion. UNL: Nebraska Union Auditorium. Dec, 2015. 
  • Perspectives in Feminism”.  Panel discussion. Wesleyan University. Nov 19, 2015. 
  • Syria: ways to help”. An invited talk. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Lincoln, Nov 152015.
  • On Muslim Christian relations”. An invited talk.Vine Congregational United Church of Christ. Lincoln. Nov 11, 2015.
  • Refugee Migration Crisis”.  Panel discussion. Union college. Sep 24, 2015.
  • Jesus: A symposium”.  Panel discussion. Doan College (school of graduate professional studies). July 16, 2015.
  • Islam and Christianity”. An invited talk. First-Plymouth East. June28, 2015.
  • Religions' Attitude towards the Material World”. Panel discussion. Union College. Ortner Center. April 6, 2015.
  • Women of the Middle East”. Panel discussion. UNL women Center. March 17th, 2015.
  • Women in Religion”.  Panel discussion. Union College. Ortner Center. Feb 9, 2015.
  • Women in religion”.  Panel discussion. UNL women Center. March 17th, 2014
  • How can I find God?”  Symposium. Doane College. Lincoln. 2012.
  • God, the Qur'an and the Prophet”. Symposium. Doane College .Lincoln. 2012

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Abla Hasan