Hatoon Alfassi


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Hatoon al-Fassi is a Saudi historian, Associate Professor of pre-Islamic Arabian History and women's history. Honorary Fellow of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies in Manchester University. Worked and taught at King Saud University and Qatar University for 30 years. A columnist for 27 years in Saudi and Arab newspapers. Her recent and fifth book, published in 2021. She publishes in Arabic and English.

In 2018, she was received the Academic Freedom Award, by MESA. 

In 2012, she was decorated “Knight" in the order of National Merit by the French President.

Her specialty, interest, devotion and research and action cover ancient Arabian history with a concentration on women’s history of Arabia. Her main area of research is Nabataea of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, however, her teaching and research extended to the history of Arabia, the Gulf, and the Middle East in Islamic and modern times and gender studies.


Her book Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia: Nabataea (2007) is found on Amazon. The Arabic translation Nabataean Women in Ancient Arabia appeared in June 2021 by the Saudi Society for Archaeological Studies, Riyadh. In 2018, Annals of Saudi Women (Ar) was published by Bahsoun, Beirut. Her academic articles are found on https://hatoonalfassi.academia.edu/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Women and Power in Ancient Northern Arabia: Nabataea, The University of Manchester

1 Jan 19953 Jul 2000

Award Date: 3 Jul 2000

Master of Arts, Social Life in North Western Arabian Peninsula between the 6th Cent BC and AD 2nd., King Saud University

14 May 19929 Oct 2013

Award Date: 14 May 1992

External positions

Associate Professor, King Saud University

9 Oct 201328 Aug 2015

Assistant Professor, King Saud University

21 Aug 198928 Aug 2015

Areas of expertise

  • D051 Ancient History
  • Nabataeans
  • Women's History
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Gulf Studies
  • Islamic Feminism
  • feminism
  • Women's rights
  • Women's political participation


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