Staff – University of Copenhagen

Rasmus Bech Olsen

Rasmus Bech Olsen

Part-time lecturer

Main research area

I primarily work with arabic political thought and political culture in Syria and Egypt between 12 and 1600 AD. In addition to this, I teach and conduct research in arabic language, literature and society from the Middle Ages to the present. 

In 2017 I defended my Ph.d. thesis which focused on the relationship between the civilian population of Damascus and the Mamluk Sultanate during the 14. century AD. Taking its point of departure a series of Damascene tax-protest my thesis maps out how the relationship between state and population consisted of a constant process of negotiation structured around the use of religious symbols and performative activities in urban space. 

You can find my LinkedIn profile here and my profile here

Research interests 

Arabic history and historiography 1200 - 2000

Islamic political thought

Politics and material culture

Urbanism in the Middle East

Arabic popular literature

Identity-shaping in modern arabic literature

Israel - Palestine

Arabic Manuscript studies


I currently teach a BA course called "Religionstekster" at The University of Copenhagen. This is a special introductury course in arabic religious texts offered to BA-students in Religion "Arabic Propaedeutics B".                                                                                                               

Previously I have taught as a guest lecturer in the BA course "Arabic Literature" and the MA course "Communicative Profeciency" at The University of Copenhagen. 


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