Prof. Khaled Furani

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
חוג לסוציולוגיה ואנתרופולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Khaled Furani
Phone: 03-6408968
Fax: 03-6409215
Office: Naftali - Social Sciences, 641


Wayne State University, Detroit, MI    Cultural Anthropology    MA    1997
Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY    Cultural Anthropology    PhD    2004

Research Interests

Social theory, ethics, modernity, language and literature, secularism, Palestine, and the history of anthropology


Furani, Khaled, Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012 (312 pp.)

Furani, Khaled, Redeeming Anthropology: A Theological Critique of a Modern Science. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2019 (204 pp.)

Refereed Articles

Furani, Khaled, Observing the Secular:  Arab Poets Transforming their Conceptions of Public, Postscripts: Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, Vol. 3 (1), 2007 (pp. 5-29).

Furani, Khaled, Sirens of Denial: Notes on the Confrontation between Hizbullah and Israel, Boundary2, Vol. 34 (3), 2007 (pp. 109-19).

Furani, Khaled, Anthropological Sensibility and Secular Numbness: Preliminary Analysis of Wolf on Power, Theory and Event, Vol. 11 (1), 2008 (Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tae.2008.0005).

Furani, Khaled, Rhythms of the Secular: The Politics of Modernizing Arab Poetic Forms, American Ethnologist, Vol. 35 (2), 2008 (pp. 290-307).

Furani, Khaled, Said and the Religious Other, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 52 (3), 2010 (pp. 604-25).

Furani, Khaled and Rabinowitz, Dan, The Ethnographic Arrival of Palestine, Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 40 (1), 2011 (pp. 475-491).

Furani, Khaled, “Dangerous Weddings: Palestinian Poetry Festivals under Israel’s First Military Rule (1948-1966),” Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 21 (1), 2013 (pp. 79-100).

Furani, Khaled, “States of Exception, Ethics and New Beginnings in Middle East Politics,” Interventions: International Journal for Post-colonial Studies, Vol. 16 (3), 2013 (pp. 346-364).

Furani, Khaled, Is There a Postsecular? Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 83 (1), 2015 (pp. 1-26).

Furani, Khaled, Mastering Submission: Palestinian Poets Measuring Sounds of Freedom, American Anthropologist, Vol. 120 (4), 2018 (pp. 697-710).

Furani, Khaled, Secular Routes and Theological Drifts in Modern Anthropology, Religion and Society: Advances in Research, Vol. 9, 2018 (pp. 86-102).

Furani, Khaled, 70 into ’48: The State as a Scandal, Critical Inquiry, 2019.

Furani, Khaled, After Criticism: Reading Mahmoud’s Mural for Enlightenment, Boundary2, Vol. 47 (1), 2020 (pp. 145-68).

Furani, Khaled, Invited Commentary on “‘Nazareth Village’ and the Creation of the Holy Land in Israel-Palestine: the Question of Evangelical Orthodoxy,” by Lena Rose, Current Anthropology, Vol. 61 (3), 2020 (pp. 347-348).

Furani, Khaled, Ethics and Aesthetics are One, Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, Vol. 3 (3), 2020 (pp. 464-470).

Furani, Khaled, and Robbins, Joel, guest editors, Introduction, Thematic Issue on Anthropology Within and Without the Secular Condition, Religion, Vol. 51 (4), 2021 (pp. 501-517).

Furani, Khaled, and Moussa, Ebrahim, Traversing the Boundaries of the Modern Secular University: An Anthropologist and an Islamic Studies Scholar in Dialogue, Invited Dialogue for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 28 (1), 2022 (pp. 334-343).

Chapters in Books

Alcalay, Ammiel and Furani, Khaled, Poetry in Time of Conflict, in The Struggle for Sovereignty in Palestine and Israel, 1993-2004, Joel Beinin and Rebecca L. Stein (eds.) Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006 (pp. 241-48).

Khoury, Elias, In Defense of Metaphor, Khaled Furani, trans. in Belonging and Globalisation: Critical Essays in Contemporary Art & Culture, Kamal Boullata (ed.), London: Saqi Books, 2008 (pp. 71-80).

Furani, Khaled, Theology Revealing the Hājibs of Anthropology, in Theologically Engaged Anthropology, J. Derrick Lemons (ed.) Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018 (pp. 66-82).


Other Publications

Furani, Khaled, Review of Middle Eastern American Lives in America by Amir Marvasati and Karyn McKinney, American Anthropologist, Vol. 107 (4), 2005 (pp. 732-33).

Furani, Khaled, Review of Foundations of Modern Arab Identity by Stephen Sheehi, Journal of Modern Arabic Literature, Vol. 36 (2), 2005 (pp. 224-27).

Furani, Khaled, Review of Rituals of Truce by Benjamin Hollander, Palestine-Israel Journal, Vols. 12 (4) & 13 (1), 2005-2006.

Furani, Khaled, Review of My Happiness Bears no Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century by Adina Hoffman, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 39 (2), 2010 (pp. 128-130).

Furani, Khaled, Looking Glass Against the Wall, Who is the Freeist of us All? Stanford University Press blog, 2014 (

Furani, Khaled, Review of The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith by Timothy Larsen, American Ethnologist, Vol. 43 (2), 2016 (pp. 389-390).

Furani, Khaled, Review of In the Wake of the Poetic: Palestinian Artists After Darwish by Najat Rahman, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 50 (2), 2018 (pp. 347-348).

Furani, Khaled, Review of Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Fusha (website), 8 February, 2020 (in Arabic).

Furani, Khaled, Back cover endorsement of The Optimist: A Social Biography of Tawfiq Zayyad by Tamir Sorek (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Furani, Khaled, Review of Hen Ifshar by Menachem Mautner, Palestine-Israel Journal, Vol. 25 (1-2), 2020

Furani, Khaled, Review of Hen Ifshar by Menachem Mautner, Alpayim Ve’Od, Vol. 3, 2020 (in Hebrew).

Furani, Khaled, On Ablution and Emancipation in Stella Maris by Elias Khoury, Jama’a: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Middle East, Vol. 25, 2020 (pp. 381-383) (in Hebrew).

Furani, Khaled, translator for Asad, Talal, ‘Ta’amullat min as-Sira al-Dhatiyya fi al-Anthropolojya wad-Din,” Idafat: Arab Journal of Sociology, Vol. 49-50 (Winter-Spring), 2020 (pp. 13-22). Original text: Asad, Talal. Autobiographical Reflections on Anthropology and Religion. Religion and Society: Advances in Research, Vol. 11 (1), 2020 (pp. 1-7).

Furani, Khaled, Why Insaniyyat? A Society for Palestinian Anthropologists. American Anthropologist, Vol. 122, 2020 (pp. 942-943).

Dickinson, Maggie and Furani, Khaled, Leith Mullings, Anthropology News, February 1, 2021.

Furani, Khaled, Leith: A Transnational Tribute, Feminist Anthropology, Vol. 2, 2021 (pp. 164-165).

Furani, Khaled, Buber and my Grandmother, Tikkun, April 15, 2021.

Furani, Khaled, Stories on Israel Sociology (Review of Israeli Sociology: Intellectual History, 1882-2018 by Uri Ram), Israeli Sociology, Vol. 22 (1), 2021 (pp. 136-139) (in Hebrew).


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