Indiana University Bloomington
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People: Emeriti Faculty

Hasan El-ShamyHasan El-Shamy

  • Emeritus Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
  • Emeritus Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Emeritus Affiliated Professor, African Studies Program
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Indiana University, 1967 (Folklore, with additional interdisciplinary training in Psychology and Anthropology)
  • MA, Indiana University, 1964 (Folklore)

Research Interests

  • Psychological approaches to traditional culture
  • Religion, myth, and ritual
  • Narrative folk poetry
  • Kinship and folklore;
  • Typology and classification


  • Elected: A Fellow of the American Folklore Society (October 2006)
  • Elected "Consultant" to the Saudi Society for Folklore Studies (October 2006)
  • Senior Scholar Award from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan (2002)

Contact Information

Office: 506 N. Fess, Room 101
Phone: (812) 855-4124

Courses Recently Taught

  • Tales Women Tell in the Middle East and the Behavioral Patterns the Portray;
  • Folklore and Psychology
  • Comparative Approaches in Folklore

Publication Highlights

  • Religion Among the Folk in Egypt. Westport, CT and London: Praeger, 2008.
  • A Motif Index of The Thousand and One Nights. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  • Editor, with Jane Garry. Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Handbook. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
  • Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
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