Moncef Ben Abdeljelil is currently Professor of classical islamic thought and Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Sousse, Tunisia.. In addition to several teaching positions he has held in different universities in Tunisia and France, he has been appointed from 1992 to 2000 as Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Sciences with the purpose to reform islamic studies at primary and secondary schools, and at al-Zaytuna University, Tunisia.
Moncef Ben Abdeljelil has joined, from 2003 to 2009, AKU’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, based in London, in the capacity of Head of Educational Programmes. Since his election as a Dean, he has created at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Sousse, a Center of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
contributed in the inception of a Master in African Studies with the support of the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and facilitated the creation of a Center of Languages, and the Center for the study of Heritage and Museology. Moncef Ben Abdeljelil is currently working on the creation of cultural and learning space about Indonesian history,
cultures, and societies. A program of teaching Bahasa-Indonesia enriched by a series of lectures on Indonesian cultures and societies has already started three years ago at the same institution in Sousse, Tunisia.
His areas of research include early shi’ism, history of Muslim marginal sects and minorities, emergence of legal and theological schools in medieval Muslim history, contemporary Muslim thought with focus on Muslim responses to Modernity, Women status in the Arab world and educational reforms. His main publications include “Re-thinking
early sources of Muslim thought, (1988), Muhammad Bayram V, (1989), “The marginal sect in Islam, 1998”, critical edition of Kitab al-Sirat attributed to al-Mufaddal al-Ju’fî, (1998) “Empowering Women in Muslim Societies”, 2009; “Reflections on the Critical Methods in the Study of the Qur’an in Contemporary Arab Scholarship” (forthcoming), “Die Moderne aus der Perspektive muslimischer Kulturen Denken”, (2012), Renovation of Contemporary Islamic Thought in Indonesia (2015).