Hans Jansen

Hans Jansen (1942-2015) was Professor of Contemporary Islamic Thought at the University of Utrecht. He frequently published work on modern radical Islam or ‘jihad ideology’ and in 1997 he edited the Dutch translation of the Koran.


  • The Neglected Duty (1986)
  • The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism (1997)
  • The Usefulness of God (2001)
The Historical Mohammed

The Historical Mohammed

de Mekkaanse verhalen & de verhalen uit Medina

(De Arbeiderspers, 2005, 312 pages)

The Historical Mohammed looks primarily at the legendary Mohammed as portrayed in old, unreliable biographies. But this Mohammed, although a product of the imagination, has probably made a deeper impression on world history than his historical namesake who, Islam specialist Hans Jansen believes, almost certainly did exist.

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