Hans Jansen

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Hans Jansen
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Born Johannes Juliaan Gijsbert Jansen
17 November 1942
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 5 May 2015(2015-05-05) (aged 72)
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Professor in Islamic and Arabic studies, politician

Johannes Juliaan Gijsbert "Hans" Jansen (Dutch pronunciation: [joːˈɦɑnəs ˈjyliaːn ˈɣɛisbɛrt ˈɦɑns ˈjɑnsən]; 17 November 1942 – 5 May 2015) was a scholar of contemporary Islam and politician in the Netherlands.[1]

Early life[edit]

Johannes Juliaan Gijsbert Jansen was born on 17 November 1942 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.[2]


Jansen was a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, his doctorate in Arabic is from the University of Leiden. He worked in Egypt, where he was the Director of the Dutch Research Institute in Cairo. From 1983 he was an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Leiden University. Up to 2008, he was Houtsma Professor of Modern Islamic Thought at the University of Utrecht.


During his career he got a more critical view on the Islam and he became friends with Theo van Gogh, Ayaan Hirshi Ali and Geert Wilders.[1] He was a regular newspaper columnist and frequent media commentator. In 2008 he advised Geert Wilders about his anti-Islam movie Fitna and in 2010 he was a principal witness in the trial of Geert Wilders. During this trial, a judge approached him during a dinner party and allegedly tried to convince him that the trial was justified. As a result, the judges were substituted and a retrial was ordered. The judge who was alleged to have attempted to influence him subsequently retired from the bench.

He was an expert witness on the Koran and Shariah in the trial in Birmingham Magistrates Court (Crown vs Timothy Martin Burton) on 8 April 2014, which came to be known as the Birmingham Taqiyya Trial. Mr Burton was subsequently found not guilty of Racially Aggravated Harassment.

Until his death he was a Member of the European Parliament for the political party Party for Freedom.[1]


Jansen died of a stroke at the age of 72.[1]


Books in Dutch:

  • Inleiding tot de Islam (1987)
  • De Koran uit het Arabisch Vertaald door Prof. dr. J.H. Kramers (1992) (edited by Asad Jaber & Johannes J.G.Jansen)
  • Nieuwe Inleiding tot de Islam (1998)
  • Het Nut van God (2001)
  • God heeft gezegd: terreur, tolerantie en de onvoltooide modernisering van de islam (2003)
  • De radicaal-islamitische ideologie: Van Ibn Taymiyya tot Osama ben Laden, Oratie Universiteit van Utrecht, 3 februari 2004
  • Islam: een hoorcollege over de islamitische godsdienst en cultuur (2005, audio-cd)
  • De historische Mohammed: de Mekkaanse verhalen (2005)
  • De historische Mohammed: de verhalen uit Medina (2007)
  • Bombrieven (2008, correspondence with Abdul-Jabbar van de Ven)
  • Islam voor varkens, apen, ezels en andere beesten (2008)
  • Zelf Koran lezen (2008)
  • Eindstrijd, edited by Jansen & Snel (2009)

Books in English (Many other titles are not yet available in English):

  • The Interpretation of the Koran in Modern Egypt (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1974)
  • The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins and Islamic Resurgence in the Middle East (New York: Macmillan, 1986)
  • The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism (London: Hurst & Company, 1997) ppls


  1. ^ a b c d Arabist en PVV-er Hans Jansen overleden NOS May 5, 2015
  2. ^ (Dutch) Prof.Dr. J.J.G. (Hans) Jansen, Parlement & Politiek. Retrieved on 6 May 2015.

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