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Chouki El Hamel

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Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Professor of History

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Dr. Chouki El Hamel received his doctorate from the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France). His training in France at the Centre de Recherches Africaines was in pre-colonial African History and Islamic studies.  His research interests focus on the spread and the growth of Islamic culture and the evolution of Islamic institutions in Africa.  What interests him most as a scholar is the culture of silence.  He is particularly interested in investigating the subaltern relationship of servile and marginalized communities to ruling institutions, power, race and class and gender politics within Islamic culture dominant or otherwise.  He taught courses in African History and Islamic societies at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and at Duke University in Durham, N.C.  In 2002, he was a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City (NEH fellowship).  He published two major books and many scholarly articles in academic journals and popular magazines.  His most recent book is Black Morocco: a History of Slavery, Race, and Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which has won Honorable Mention for the L. Carl Brown American Institute for Maghrib Studies Book Prize.  Over the past decade, he has actively participated in a wide variety of positions ranging from the unit at SHPRS (History Department) to the college and to the university level.  His significant university service began when he was elected senator in 2010.  In addition to his election as Tempe president-elect in 2011, he had held various positions, chairing and serving as a member of many committees, such as chairing General Studies Council, Library Liaison Committee and History Personnel Committee.  On the national level, he has served as a board Director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and co-chaired the conference program held in the Dominican Republic - October 30 - November 2, 2013.  Internationally, he has received a Visiting Professor grant at Nice University, France (Spring 2016).  In the academic year of 2016-17, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study the multiple discourses on citizenship, freedom and gender equality in Morocco.  The first outcome of this research is evidenced in an essay entitled: "Patriarchy and Women’s Resistance in Morocco" in Gender and Citizenship in Historical and Transnational Perspectives, edited by Anne Epstein, Rachel G. Fuchs (Palgrave, 2016). 

Representative Publications

  • Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race and Islam. Cambridge University Press, 2013.  Paperback version, 2014.

  • La Vie intellectuelle islamique dans le Sahel ouest africain.  Une étude sociale de l'enseignement islamique en Mauritanie et au Nord du Mali (XVIe-XIXe siècles),Paris: l'Harmattan, 2002.

  • “L’esclavage dans la pensée méditerranéenne” in F.-X. Fauvelle-Aymar and B. Hirsch (eds.), Les ruses de l'historien. Essais d'Afrique et d'ailleurs en hommage à Jean Boulègue. Paris, Karthala, 2013.

  • “Albert Memmi” in Cultural and Literary Theory from 1900-1966, edited by Gregory Castle, Volume I. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

  • “Frantz Fanon” in Cultural and Literary Theory from 1900-1966, edited by Gregory Castle, Volume I. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

  • "The Register of the Slaves of Sultan Mawlay Ismail in Late Seventeenth Century Morocco,” Journal of African History, 51 (1), 89-98, 2010.
  • “Francia y el Islam: un Legado Colonial Legacy o un Encuentro Cultural? Un Análisis más allá del “Hiyab”in Revista Culturas. Seville (Spain): Edición: Fundación Tres Culturas, 7, 116-135, 2010.
  • “Constructing a Diasporic Identity:  Tracing the Origins of Gnawa Spiritual Group in Morocco,” Journal of African History, 49 (2), 241-260, 2008.
  • “Surviving Slavery:  Sexuality and Female Agency in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Morocco,” Historical Reflections, vol. 34, 1, 73-88, 2008.

Teaching Interests and Courses

  • HST 300: History of Modern Africa
  • HST 307: Slavery Systems in Africa
  • HST 498: History of Racism
  • HST 498: Europe and Africa
  • HST 498: Gender and Women in Africa
  • HST 591: Global Islam
  • HST 598: Colonialism and Postcolonialism in North Africa & the Middle East

Professional Service Activities

  • Chair of ASU General Studies Council, 2010-2015
  • President Tempe Campus Assembly, 2012-15

  • ASU Faculty Senator, 2010-2011
  • A Board Director of  the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), 2009-2014
  • Research Associate at The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University, Toronto, Canada, 2008-
  • Coordinator of the African Diaspora Research Cluster sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University for the academic year 2006-2011
Publications
  • Chouki El Hamel. Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam. (2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Les Noirs ont été marginalisés. Zamane: L’Historire du Maroc (2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. New Texts Out Now: Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam. Jadaliyya Ezine (2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam. (2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. L’esclavage dans la pensée méditerranéenne. Les ruses de l'historien. Essais d'Afrique et d'ailleurs en hommage à Jean Boulègue (2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. 'Abd Allah b. Yasin. The Dictionary of African Biography (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Albert Memmi. Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966 (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Albert Memmi. The Dictionary of African Biography (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Frantz Fanon. Literary Theory from 1900 to 1966 (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Leo Africanus or al-Hasan b. Muhammad al-Wazzan. The Dictionary of African Biography (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Muhammad al-Bartili al-Walati. The Dictionary of African Biography (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel, et al. "The Maghreb after 1800" in Emmanuel Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates (General Editors), The Dictionary of African Biography. (2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Francia y el Islam: un Legado Colonial Legacy o un Encuentro Cultural? Un Análisis más allá del "Hiyab". Revista Culturas, Seville (Spain): Edición: Fundación Tres Culturas (2010).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Register of the Slaves of Sultan Mawlay Ismail in Late Seventeenth Century Morocco. Journal of African History (2010).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Mauritania. The World Book Encyclopedia (2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Almohads. The World Book Encyclopedia (2008).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Almoravids. The World Book Encyclopedia (2008).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Constructing a Diasporic Identity: Tracing the Origins of Gnawa Spiritual Group in Morocco. Journal of African History (2008).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Surviving Slavery: Sexuality and Female Agency in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Morocco. Historical Reflections (2008).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Slavery in North Africa. Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (2006).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Blacks and Slavery in Morocco: The Question of the Haratin at the End of the Seventeenth Century. Disaporic Africa. A Reader (2006).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Raça, Escravidão e Islã no Marrocos: a questão dos haratin. Revista Afro-Asia (2004).
  • . . Review of: Timothy Cleaveland, Becoming Walata: A History of Saharan Social Formation and Transformation (2003).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Muslim Diaspora in Western Europe. The Islamic headscarf (hijab), the Media and Muslims' Integration in France. Citizenship Studies (2002).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Race, Slavery and Islam in the Maghrebi Mediterranean Thought. The Question of the Haratin in Morocco. Journal of North African Studies (2002).
  • Chouki El Hamel. LA VIE INTELLECTUELLE ISLAMIQUE DANS LE SAHEL OUEST AFRICAIN. (2002).
  • . . Review of: David Hart, Tribe and Society in Rural Morocco (2002).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Orientalism: Henry Louis Gates in Africa. AFRAM Review (2000).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 307Studies in African History
HST 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 300Historical Inquiry
HST 394Special Topics
Presentations
  • Chouki El Hamel. A talk and a discussion with Michael Gomez on "Black Morocco". Before 5: Chouki El Hamel at the Schomburg Center in New York City, NY (Nov 2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. A Critical Examination of the Studies of Slavery in the Maghreb. Slavery in Africa: Past, Heritage, at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya (Oct 2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Violence and Decolonization in Protectorate Morocco. Terrortimes, Terrorscapes? at Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, Germany (Aug 2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Haratin and the Making of the Arab Majority in Morocco. The Meaning of Blackness at Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (Feb 2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Race and the Making of the Arab Majority in Morocco. The American Historical Association, Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (Jan 2014).
  • Chouki El Hamel. L'Esclave reine. Concubinage et Agentivité. The Ecoles des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France (Dec 2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Formation of Mixed Race Communities. The ASWAD’s 7th Biennial Conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Nov 2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Knowledge Production and the Fetish of Theory. Africana Studies: Future of the Field Conference at the University of Pennsylvania (Oct 2013).
  • Chouki El Hamel. L’esclavage dans la pensée méditerranéenne. 1st colloque international Mémorial ACTe entitled: Esclavage in Guadeloupe (Nov 2012).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Othering of Blacks in Arabic and Islamic Traditions. 31st Annual Conference, Sudan Studies Association (May 2012).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Black Morocco: A History of Slavery and Islam. A public lecture at Princeton University organized by the Program in African Studies (Mar 2012).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Interplay between Slavery, Race and Color Prejudice in Morocco. Presented at the international symposium Slavery, Race and Gender in Islamic Societies: a Comparativ (Mar 2012).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Othering of Blacks in Arabic and Islamic Traditions. The International Conference on "Slave Trade and Slavery in the Arab Islamic World" (Mar 2012).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Othering of Black Africans in Islamic Traditions. International Conference on Islam in Africa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Jul 2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Gnawa and the African Diaspora. Confluence of Cultures or Convergence of Diasporas, Marrakech, Morocco (May 2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Post-Postcolonialism and Democracy in North Africa. A public forum on the democratic revolution in Egypt at ASU (Feb 2011).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Judicial Texts and the Re-enslavement of Black Moroccans in the Eighteenth Century. 53th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Nov 2010).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Gnawa Music: A Historical Background. Sacred Spaces, Sacred Sounds, a Conference at UNC (Apr 2010).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Constructing a Diaspora: The Gnawa Black West African in Morocco. Rutgers Symposium Crossroads: Migration, Language, and Literature in Africa (Feb 2010).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Construction of Race in Morocco. Sawyer Seminar on "Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies" at the University of North Carolina (Dec 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Constructing a Diaspora: The Gnawa Black West Africans in Morocco. African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (Dec 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Black Collective Identity: The Ghana Spiritual Music Diasporic Group. History department's work in progress series presented at ASU (Nov 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Constructing a Diaspora: The Gnawa Black West Africans in Morocco. The Association for the Study of World African Diaspora Conference in Accra, Ghana (Sep 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. North African Muslim Immigrants in France and the Hijab Question. The Association for the Study of World African Diaspora Conference at Pittsburgh (Sep 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. British and French Anti-Slavery Societies and the Abolition of Slavery in Morocco. Institut Charles V & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France (Jun 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Atlantic Slavery and Slavery in the Muslim World. HST 598, Europe and the World, History Department, Arizona State University (Feb 2009).
  • Chouki El Hamel. Defining Race in North Africa. presented at the workshop on "Historical Constructions of ‘Race’ and Social Hierarchy in Muslim West (Dec 2008).
  • Chouki El Hamel. The Justification of Concubinage as an Institution of Slavery in Islam. Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University (Oct 2008).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Concubinage and Sexuality in Moroccan Slavery. JMS History Club (Nov 2007).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Islam and Othering in West Africa. A critical examination of Mi’raj as-Su’ud of Ahmad Baba (1556-1627). 50th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Oct 2007).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Surviving Slavery: Sexuality and Female Agency in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Morocco. INTERROGATIONS OF FREEDOM: MEMORIES, MEANINGS, and MIGRATIONS (Oct 2007).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. British and Foreign Anti-slavery Society Activities in Morocco in the 19th Century. Slavery, Memory and Citizenship (Mar 2007).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The African perspective. The Missing Pages in Black History (Feb 2007).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Bringing the Maghreb to US Classrooms: Female Slavery in North Africa. Slavery and Antislavery. New Research and Teaching Workshop (Oct 2006).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. France and the Maghreb postcolonial relations. Homecoming Activities (Oct 2006).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The internal African Diaspora. Tracing the Origins of Gnawa Spiritual Music in Morocco. African Diaspora Lecture Series (Oct 2006).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Origin and the Formation of the Gnawa Spiritual Music. International Medieval Congress (Jul 2006).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Moroccan Atlantic in the 16th Century. the 48th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Nov 2005).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Atlantic as a zone of alliance and a zone of captivity: Morocco and the Atlantic in the 16th Century. The Association for the Study of World African Diaspora Conference (Oct 2005).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Colonial Encounter. The President's Community Enrichment Programs / Great Conversations (Nov 2004).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Racial Slavery and Islam in Morocco in the 18th Century. University of Arizona (Apr 2004).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Integration or Marginalization of Blacks in Southern Morocco. Defining sub-Lineage System (al-Wala'). Conflicts in Citizenry and Autochthony in post-Colonial Sahel and Sahara, 43rd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (Nov 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Muslim Diaspora in Western Europe: The Muslims' Integration in France. Re/Writing Researching the African Diaspora: The 2000-2001 African and African-American Studies Graduate Studies Colloquium Series (Nov 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Intellectual Life in pre-Colonial Mauritania. Roundtable on Mauritania for Ambassador-designate John Limbert, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State (Oct 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Gnawa, Moroccan Blues: A Historical Background. a pre-show presentation at Duke University (Oct 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Racial Slavery in the 18th Century Morocco of Mawlay Isma'il. Crossing Boundaries: The African Diaspora in the New Millennium, hosted by New York University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Sep 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Identity of the Blacks in Contemporary Morocco. Liberty, Identity, Integration and Slavery in the Muslim World (Jun 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. The Hijab (Islamic shawl), the Media and the Muslims' integration in France. Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, and the Veil Debate in France Today (Apr 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. How to Conduct a Historical Research in Africa. (Mar 2000).
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Black Slaves and their Integration in the Family of Shaykh Ma' al- Aynayn (1830-1910). 45th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Colonial Writing on Women in Moroccan Slavery. Avignon Fourth Conference on Slavery and Forced Labor
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Diftar Mamalik as-Sultan Mawlay Isma'il. Le Registre d'Esclaves.
  • El Hamel, Chouki. Slave Registers During Mawlay Isma'il's Era (1672-1727). Conference on Islam, Slavery and Diaspora