Dr Nijmeh Hajjar

PhD (Sydney); 2ième Licence (Université Libre de Bruxelles); Dip.Ed. (Lebanese University); Licence, Journalism & Arabic (Lebanese University).
Associate Professor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7011

Research interests

  • Conflict and dialogue in the cultural encounter between the Arab and Islamic worlds and the West as reflected in the contemporary Arab discourse
  • Contemporary Arab and Islamic thought and political culture
  • The language of modern Arabic political discourse
  • Status and role of women in the modern Middle East, and early Islamic history
  • Muslim women in Western societies
  • Women and Arabic popular culture: folktales and proverbs
  • Women in the fatwa discourse
  • Arabic language and literature
  • Modern Arabic Mahjar literature
  • Mass media and Arab society and culture
  • Arab and Islamic communities in Australia
  • Socio-cultural change in early Arab Islamic society
  • Arab and Islamic philosophy and history of art with focus on Ikhwan al-Safa

Associations

  • Member of the Academic Council, Ameen Rihani Institute, Washington, D.C., USA (by invitation).
  • Member of the Scholar’s Desk, Ameen Rihani Organization, Washington D.C., USA (by invitation).
  • Member, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Member, Middle East Studies Association of North America
  • Member, National Institute of the Humanities, Australia
  • Member, Asian Studies Association of Australia

Selected grants

2013

  • New transnationalisms: Australias multilingual literary heritage; Hajjar N, Jacklin M, Nguyen T, Ommundsen W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Praising The Prophet in Arabic Poetry and Song. Beirut: Bissan.
  • Hajjar, N. (2010). The politics and poetics of Ameen Rihani: the humanist ideology of an Arab-American intellectual and activist. London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Hajjar, N. (2005). Living Arabic in Context: An Introductory Course. Beirut: Bissan.

Edited Books

  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Ameen Rihani and Arab Renewal: Challenges of Change in Literature, Thought and Society (Seminar Proceedings). Beirut: CAUS.

Book Chapters

  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Ameen Rihani's Vision of Women Rights: Between the real and the imagined. In Nijmeh Hajjar (Eds.), Ameen Rihani and Arab Renewal: Challenges of Change in Literature, Thought and Society (Seminar Proceedings), (pp. 131-161). Beirut: CAUS.
  • Hajjar, N. (2011). Between patriotism and nationalism Ameen Rihani's vision for Lebanon and Syria. In Adel Beshara (Eds.), The Origins of Syrian Nationhood: Histories, pioneers and identity, (pp. 163-189). Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hajjar, N. (2010). A Reading of The Myrtle Tree by Jad El Hage. In Sonia Mycak and Amit Sarwal (Eds.), Australian Made: A Multicultural Reader. Camperdown: Sydney University Press.
  • Hajjar, N. (2004). Ameen Rihani'S Humanist Vision Of Arab Nationalism. In Betty J. Sitka, Nathan C. Funk (Eds.), Ameen Rihani: bridging East and West: A Pioneering Call for Arab-American Understanding, (pp. 134-148). Lanham and New York: University Press of America.

Journals

  • Hajjar, N. (2008). An Arab-American Intellectual Engaging East and West. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 18(2), 120-137.
  • Hajjar, N. (2008). The personality of the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic Poetry. Nizwa.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). A Journey in Christian-Muslim Dialogue. Al-Arabi, June 2007(583), 18-23.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Between the Private and the Public in Literature and Film: Gendered Space in Naguib Mahfouz' Cairo Trilogy. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 151-172.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Between the Private and the Public: the Gendered Space in Modernising Cairo. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 151-172.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Dynamics of Fear and Hope, and the Resistance Against Patriarchal Power: Quest for Freedom in Hanan al-Shaykh's Story of Zahra. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(2), 67-90.
  • Hajjar, N. (2005). The Humanity of the Modern Arab City: A Novelist's Biography of Amman. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 75-90.
  • Hajjar, N. (2003). Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Why Is She Left Out of the Lebanese Political Discourse? Journal of Social Affairs, 20(78), 63-89.

Conferences

  • Hajjar, N. (2012). A Feminist Reading of Juhan: Rihani's Avant-Garde Vision of Arab And Muslim Feminism. The Second International Coference on Lebanese-American Literary Figures, Louaize, Lebanon: Notre Dame University-Louaize Press.

Recorded / Rendered

  • Hajjar, N. (2004). Readings in Contemporary Arabic Literature, 2004.

Other

  • Hajjar, N. (2007), Several radio interviews (esp. with SBS and ABC) on current affairs in the Arab world and the Middle East, Arabic culture, Arabic language, and Arab and Muslim women, democracy and human rights.

2012

  • Hajjar, N. (2012). A Feminist Reading of Juhan: Rihani's Avant-Garde Vision of Arab And Muslim Feminism. The Second International Coference on Lebanese-American Literary Figures, Louaize, Lebanon: Notre Dame University-Louaize Press.
  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Ameen Rihani and Arab Renewal: Challenges of Change in Literature, Thought and Society (Seminar Proceedings). Beirut: CAUS.
  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Ameen Rihani's Vision of Women Rights: Between the real and the imagined. In Nijmeh Hajjar (Eds.), Ameen Rihani and Arab Renewal: Challenges of Change in Literature, Thought and Society (Seminar Proceedings), (pp. 131-161). Beirut: CAUS.
  • Hajjar, N. (2012). Praising The Prophet in Arabic Poetry and Song. Beirut: Bissan.

2011

  • Hajjar, N. (2011). Between patriotism and nationalism Ameen Rihani's vision for Lebanon and Syria. In Adel Beshara (Eds.), The Origins of Syrian Nationhood: Histories, pioneers and identity, (pp. 163-189). Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2010

  • Hajjar, N. (2010). A Reading of The Myrtle Tree by Jad El Hage. In Sonia Mycak and Amit Sarwal (Eds.), Australian Made: A Multicultural Reader. Camperdown: Sydney University Press.
  • Hajjar, N. (2010). The politics and poetics of Ameen Rihani: the humanist ideology of an Arab-American intellectual and activist. London: I.B. Tauris.

2008

  • Hajjar, N. (2008). An Arab-American Intellectual Engaging East and West. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 18(2), 120-137.
  • Hajjar, N. (2008). The personality of the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic Poetry. Nizwa.

2007

  • Hajjar, N. (2007). A Journey in Christian-Muslim Dialogue. Al-Arabi, June 2007(583), 18-23.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Between the Private and the Public in Literature and Film: Gendered Space in Naguib Mahfouz' Cairo Trilogy. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 151-172.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Between the Private and the Public: the Gendered Space in Modernising Cairo. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(1), 151-172.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007). Dynamics of Fear and Hope, and the Resistance Against Patriarchal Power: Quest for Freedom in Hanan al-Shaykh's Story of Zahra. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 17(2), 67-90.
  • Hajjar, N. (2007), Several radio interviews (esp. with SBS and ABC) on current affairs in the Arab world and the Middle East, Arabic culture, Arabic language, and Arab and Muslim women, democracy and human rights.

2005

  • Hajjar, N. (2005). Living Arabic in Context: An Introductory Course. Beirut: Bissan.
  • Hajjar, N. (2005). The Humanity of the Modern Arab City: A Novelist's Biography of Amman. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 15(2), 75-90.

2004

  • Hajjar, N. (2004). Ameen Rihani'S Humanist Vision Of Arab Nationalism. In Betty J. Sitka, Nathan C. Funk (Eds.), Ameen Rihani: bridging East and West: A Pioneering Call for Arab-American Understanding, (pp. 134-148). Lanham and New York: University Press of America.
  • Hajjar, N. (2004). Readings in Contemporary Arabic Literature, 2004.

2003

  • Hajjar, N. (2003). Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Why Is She Left Out of the Lebanese Political Discourse? Journal of Social Affairs, 20(78), 63-89.

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