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Sari Hanafi

Sari Hanafi

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1948
  • Age: 75
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Dr. Sari Hanafi, a Palestinian academic, is considered one of the most important sociologists in the Arab world. He was born in Syria to Palestinian parents who were refugees due to the Nakba in 1948. He likes to define himself as at least a Palestinian, Lebanese-Syrian.

He completed his education and obtained a doctorate in sociology from France, and worked in various institutions in several countries, before settling in the American University of Beirut several years ago. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut, and Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Journal of Sociology “Adidas”.

He was director of the Palestinian Center for Refugees and Diaspora in Palestine, and specializes in the sociology of migration and refugees, political sociology, and transitional justice. He has a large number of articles and eight authored or edited books, the most important of which are: Crossing Borders and Changing Barriers, Sociology of Palestinian Return (in Arabic and English), The Emergence of the Globalized Palestinian Elite, Donors, International Organizations, and Local Non-Governmental Organizations, Syria Engineers, in addition to a comparative study with Egypt. And the book Between Two Worlds (in 2007), Palestinian businessmen in the diaspora and the building of the Palestinian entity.

Among his publications is his book, Arab Research and the Knowledge Society: A New Critical View (with R. Arvanitis) (published in Arabic with the Center for Arab Unity Studies and in English with Rawledge), as well as his book published in 2021, “Sharia Sciences and Social Sciences: Towards Overcoming the Disagreement,” which won. Dr. Sari Hanafi won the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award 2015 for the role of technology in social change and the Kuwait Award 2015 in the field of social sciences; Hanafi has participated in many seminars on issues that are at the core of his interest as a Palestinian sociologist in the first place, so that his fair reputation was present, in addition to interviews conducted with him in research centers, periodicals, newspapers, and various websites. 

Through special follow-up, I found that a large number of Palestinian academics who obtained high academic degrees in Western countries contributed greatly through their research to revealing the falsehood of Zionist propaganda about Palestine, the Nakba, and the repercussions of Palestinian asylum. 



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