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Hannu Juusola

Hannu Matti Sakari Juusola
Born 10 May, 1963, Rovaniemi

Master of Arts 1993, Doctor of Philosophy 1999 (Semitic Languages and Cultures), University of Helsinki
Docent of Semitic Languages and Cultures 2008-, University of Helsinki

Professor of Semitic Languages and Cultures 2011-, University of Helsinki
Doctoral student at the national research school of Asian and African Studies,1995–1997
Acting Professor of Semitic Languages and Cultures, 2001
University Lecturer in Semitic Languages and Cultures, 2001–2010
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral researcher at Yale University (Department of Religious Studies, Visiting Fellow), January 1 - July 31, 2002.

Director of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010.
Visiting Fellow (Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley), September 2013.

Publications, research projects and other academic activities

Research interests: Democracy, secularisation and citizenship discourses in the Middle East; the significance of drought in political conflicts in the Middle East; cabbala; orientalism in Finland.

Awards and special achievements
Honorary mention, Society of the Friends of History 2005 (History of Israel)
Honorary mention, The Lauri Jäntti Foundation 2006 (History of Israel)

Foto: Ari Aalto
Written by Hannu Juusola and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by Kaisla Kajava. Revised by John Calton

The Middle East concerns us all

The Middle East is constantly in the news, which is why an essential part of Hannu Juusola’s and other scholars’ work involves expert opinion, whether it’s dealings with the media, government departments or political organisations.

– For my part, these tasks typically concern current political questions in the Middle East, which I have to comment on, sometimes at very short notice. It takes up quite a lot of time to follow on a daily basis the politics of over twenty countries, but I feel that these specialist tasks are a valuable part of my work and in a way a duty, says Juusola.

Professor Juusola gives many guest lectures in organisations and schools. He has written plenty of popular articles and books on the Middle East.

– My most important message when talking about the Middle East is that the area is not so different as is still assumed in the Western countries. The Middle East cannot be explained by timeless holy scriptures and religion: the political development of the area is governed largely by the same factors as in other parts of the world.

Among the academic organisations and bodies, the most important one for Juusola is the board of the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to academic conferences, the society and its board organise joint Nordic doctoral courses in the Middle East, where Juusola has lectured many times.

Another important society for Hannu Juusola is the Tampere Club, an international learned society for researchers of democracy, of which he is a member. He is also a board member of the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East and the Finnish Oriental Society. At the University of Helsinki, he is a member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Arts and on the steering committee of the Department of World Cultures.  

Photo: Tuukka Niemi.​
Photo: Tuukka Niemi.​


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