Publications in English, arranged by year

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-Subjective and Objective Problems with the Sira, Muhammad’s Canonical Biography, with special reference to Q 9:37 and Q 44:54. Paper read at the 4th Inara Conference, Otzenhausen, March 21, 2014


-Johannes J.G. Jansen, The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins, New York (RVP Publishers) 2013, xxx + 272 + 56 pp. [reprint of the 1986 edition] with [slightly revised] translation and a facsimile of the pamphlet ‘Al-Farida al-Gha’ibah’ by Muhammad Abd al-Salam Faraj [and a new preface] - isbn 978 1 61861 331 8

Dispatch International at

Hans Jansen, ‘New Pope’, March 21, 2013; version in Word  click HERE

----, ‘Dutch multicultural justice strikes again’ (on the disbarment of Abraham Moszkowicz) and ‘Original Sin’ (on the Islamic dogma of Muhammad’s sinlessness);    Swedish: ‘Hollands multikulturella rättvisa slår till’, and ‘Mannen som inte syndade’, January 3, 2013


Johannes J.G. Jansen, ‘Foreword’, in: Robert Spencer, Did Muhammad Exist?, Wilmington (Del.) 2012, pp. ix-xi.

----, ‘History and Ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood’, paper Arlington, Virginia, 2006, GatesofVienna.blogspot July 23, 2012. Text as Word file: click here

Hans Jansen, ‘What is Sharia, where does it come from, and why does it matter so much?’,  Brussels (ICLA), July 9, 2012. Text as html-file: click here. Many reprints, e.g., on July 16, 2012.

----, ‘Muhammad in big trouble’, in: Dispatch International, Thursday August 30, 2012, p. 8; unedited version in Word, click HERE; as published see at


Johannes J.G. Jansen, ‘Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’, in: Gelijn MOLIER, Afshin ELLIAN & David SUURLAND, eds., Terrorism: Ideology, Law and Policy, Dordrecht 2011, pp. 165-185. Text in Word: Click here

Hans Jansen, ‘The Historicity of Muhammad, Aisha and who knows who else’, IFPS, Copenhagen, May 8, 2011


Johannes J.G. Jansen, ‘Foreword’, in: Marc van Grondelle, The Ismailis in the Colonial Era: Modernity, Empire and Islam, New York (Columbia University Press) 2009, xvi + 140 pp., p. vii.

----, (tr.), ‘The Neglected Duty’, in: Roxanne L. Euben & Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from al-Banna to Bin Laden, Princeton 2009, pp. 327-343. (Repr.)


Johannes J.G. Jansen, review of The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom, in: Middle East Quarterly, 15, 1 (Winter 2008), pp. 88-89.


Hans Jansen,An Irreverent Look at Religion in the Netherlands’, in: Free Inquiry [Published by the Council for Secular Humanism, Amherst, New York],  February/March 2007, Vol. 27, No. 2, p. 45-47.


Johannes J.G. Jansen, ‘The History of Islam in the light of the rational choice theory’, in: J.N. Bremer, W.J. van Bekkum & A.L. Molendijk, eds., Cultures of Conversion, Peeters: Leuven &c., 2006, isbn 90-429-1753-9, pp. 139-149.


Johannes J.G. Jansen, review of: Richard W. Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization, New York 2004, in: The International History Review, XXVII, 4, December 2005, pp. 931-32.

----, review of: Bat YE’OR, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, Cranbury, N.J., 2005, in: Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2005, Volume XII, number 2, pp. 91-92.

----, review of: SFAR, Mondher, Le Coran, est-il authentique? Les Editions Sfar, Paris, 2000. (21 cm, 188), in: Bibliotheca Orientalis LXII, nr. 1-2 (januari-april 2005), pp. 181-182.

----, Jihad Ideologies and their Muslim Victims, UNCHR Geneva, 2005; see, document NGO/8 (p. 2).


Johannes J.G. Jansen, review of: Rippin, Andrew (ed.), The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation, Ashgate 1999, xxviii + 386 pp., in:  Bibliotheca Orientalis, LXI, 3-4, 2004, pp. 419-20.


J.J.G. Jansen, review of: LUXENBERG, Christoph - Die Syro-Aramäische Lesart des Koran. Ein Beitrag zur Entschlüsselung der Koransprache. Das Arabische Buch, Berlin, 2000, ix + 311 pp., in: Bibliotheca Orientalis, LX,  3-4, 2003, pp. 478-80.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Hostages’, in: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, ed., Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, Leiden & Boston (Brill) 2002, vl. II, p. 454-55.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Usūliyya (in modern Islamic theologico-political parlance)’, in: Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth a.o., eds., The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Leiden (Brill), Vl. X,  pp. 937-38.

----, ‘Wā'iz (in modern times)’, in: P.J. Bearman a.o., eds., Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Leiden (Brill) 2000, vl. XI, pp. 56-57. [Ar. wā'iz : ‘preacher’].


Johannes J.G. Jansen, ‘Who Needs Fundamentalism?’, in: Martin Kramer, ed., Middle Eastern Lectures 3, Tel Aviv (Dayan Center) 1999, pp. 49-56.

----, Kur'an'a Bilimsel-Filolojik-Pratik Yaklaşımlar, Ankara (Fecr Yayınevi) 1999, 200 pp.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Tadjdīd’, in: Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth a.o., eds., The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Leiden (Brill), Vl. X, pp. 61-62.


J.J.G. Jansen, The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism, London (Hurst) & Ithaca N.Y (Cornell University Press) 1997, 216 pp.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Al-Shawkānī’, in: C.E. Bosworth a.o., (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Vl. IX, Leiden (Brill), p. 378.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Jamācat al-Takfīr wa-'l-Hijrah’, in: John L. Esposito, ed., The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, New York/Oxford 1995, iv, pp. 179-181.

----, ‘Shaykh cAbd al-Hamīd KISHK’, in: John L. Esposito, ed., The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, New York/Oxford 1995, ii, pp. 437-38.

----, ‘The Significance of Modern Muslim Radicalism’, in: C. van Dijk & A.H. de Groot, eds., State and Islam, Leiden (CNWS) 1995, pp. 115-123.

----, ‘Sayyid Kutb’, in: C.E. Bosworth a.o., (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Vl. IX, Leiden (Brill), p. 117-118.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Islam and Muslim Civil Rights in the Netherlands’, in: Bernard Lewis & Dominique Schnapper, eds., Muslims in Europe, London (Pinter) 1994, pp. 39-53.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘MUDJĀHID’, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam², 1993, vii, 291-92, Leiden: Brill.

----, ‘Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Iskandarānī’, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam², 1993, vii, pp. 395-96, Leiden: Brill.

----, ‘Early History and Background of the Jews of Islam’, in: J.M. Cohen, ed., Jews under Islam, Amsterdam 1993, pp. 9-23.

----, ‘Muhammad Abū Zayd’, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam², 1993, vii, pp. 420-21, Leiden: Brill.

----, ‘Muhammad Farīd Wadjdī’, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam², 1993, vii, p. 439.

----, ‘Mu'min’, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam², 1993, vii, pp. 554-55, Leiden: Brill.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Hasan al-Bannā's Earliest Pamphlet’, in: Welt des Islams, n.s. xxxii, 2, 1992, pp. 254-58.

----,  ‘L'Islam et les droits civiques aux Pays-Bas’, in: Bernard Lewis & Dominique Schnapper, Musulmans en Europe, Poitiers (Actes Sud) 1992, pp. 55-71. (Translated into English, 1994, see above).


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Echoes of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 in the Writings of Egyptian Muslims’, in: David Menashri (ed.), The Iranian Revolution and the Muslim World, Boulder (Colorado), Westview Press 1991.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘The Value of the Concepts of 'Nativism' and 'Revitalization' for the Study of Modern Islam’, in: Le Maroc et la Hollande, Actes de la Deuxieme Rencontre Universitaire, Publications de la Faculte des Lettres, Rabat 1990, pp. 93-100.

----, ‘The Preaching of Shaykh al-Sha'râwî: Its Political Significance’, in: W.A.L. Stokhof & N.J.G. Kaptein, eds., Beberapa Kajian Indonesia Dan islam/ Indonesian and Islamic Studies, Seri INIS, vi, Jakarta 1990, pp. 179-93.

----, ‘Bericht über die Lage der syrischen Christen’, in: Gabriele Yonan, ed., Syrien-Gutachten, ZDWf-Schriftenreihe 36, 1990, pp. 46-55. (On the situation of the Syriac Christians in Syria).


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Ibn Taymiyya and the Thirteenth Century:  A Formative Period of Modern Muslim Radicalism’, in: Quaderni di Studi Arabi, 5-6 (1988), pp.  391-96.


Johannes J.G. Jansen, review of: Bernard LEWIS, Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice, New York/London: Norton 1986, in: The Jewish Quarterly Review, vl. LXXVII, October 1986-January 1987, Nos. 2-3, pp. 231-233.


J.J.G. Jansen, The Neglected Duty: the Creed of Sadat's Assassins and Islamic Resurgence in the Middle East, Londen/New York (Macmillan) 1986, 246 pp.

----, ‘The early Islamic Movement of the Kharidjites and the Modern Moslem Extremists: Similarities and Differences’, in: Orient 27 (Hamburg), 1/1986, pp. 127-35.

----, ‘Tafsîr, Iğmāc and Modern Moslem Extremism’, in: Orient 27 (Hamburg), 4/1986, pp. 642-46.

----, ‘A Little-Known Endorsement by Sheikh Al-Shacrâwî’, in: M. Marin, ed., Actas del XII Congresso de la U.E.A.I. (Malaga 1984), Madrid 1986, pp. 376-87.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘The Creed of Sadat's Assassins’, in: Welt des Islams, N.S. XXV (1985), Leiden (Brill), pp. 1-30.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Shaikh al-Sha`râwî's Interpretation of the Qur'ân’, in: R. Hillenbrand, ed., Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, Edinburgh 1982, pp. 22-28. Reprint without my permission: [A.H. Johns, ed.], Australian National University, Canberra, International Congress for the Study of the Qur’an, 8-13 May 1980, Series 1, n.d. [1983], pp. 129-142.

----, ‘The Voice of Sheikh Kishk’, in: I.A. El-Sheikh, C.A. van den Koppel and Rudolph Peters, eds., The Challenge of the Middle East: Middle Eastern Studies in the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1982, pp. 57-67 & 189-91.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘Polemics on Mustafa Mahmud's Koran Exegesis’, in: R. Peters, ed., Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, Leiden (Brill) 1981, pp. 110-122.

----, ‘Tawfîq al-Hakîm on the Rigidity of Moslem Law’, in: Bibliotheca Orientalis, XXXVIII (1981), pp. 13-16.


J.J.G. Jansen,  ‘Zakî Nagîb Mahmûd (b. 1905)’, in: ZDMG, Suppl. IV, Vortraege Orientalistentag Erlangen 1977, Wiesbaden (Steiner) 1980, pp. 563-564.

----,  ‘Ibrâhîm cAbduh (b. 1913): His Autobiographies and His Polemical Political Writings’, in: Bibliotheca Orientalis, XXXVII (1980), pp. 128-132.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘The Philosophical Development of Zakî Nagîb Mahmûd’, in: Bibliotheca Orientalis (Leiden: Brill), XXXIV (1977), pp. 298-300.


J.J.G. Jansen, The Interpretation of the Koran in Modern Egypt, Leiden (Brill) 1974, 112 pp. (PhD-thesis Leiden); Reprint Leiden (Brill) 1980. Translations: Serajewo 1986; Ankara 1993 & 1999, Yogyakarta 1997.


J.J.G. Jansen, ‘I suspect that my friend Abdu (...) was in reality an Agnostic’, in: P.W. Pestman, ed.,  Acta Orientalia Neerlandica, Leiden (Brill) 1971, pp. 71-74.