- 2019. “Global Islam in the Interwar World”, ERC Concluding International Conference, University of
Leuven 27-29 March.
2018. Academy Colloquium: “Whither Islamicate Digital Humanities?”, The Royal Netherlands
Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, 13-15 December
2017. Panel: In the land of the colonizers: Muslims in Interwar Europe,” Fifth ENIUGH (European
Network in World and Global History) Congress on “Ruptures, Empires and Revolutions,”
Budapest, Hungary, 31 August – 3 September 2017.
2017. Muslim Networks in Europe, South Asia, and the Arab Middle East in the first half of 20th
Century, ERC Starting Grant “Muslims in interwar Europe”, Project: Modern India in German
Archives, 1706-1898, and Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Berlin, 3-4
2016. Islamic Studies in the West: An interdisciplinary perspective, Islamic and Arabic Studies
department at the University of Utrecht, the Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Cairo 3-8
2016. The role of (Post)colonial Public Intellectuals in Europe: Figures, Ideas and Connections, 28-29
January 2016, Utrecht University
2015. Panel: Muslims in Europe in the Interwar Years: A Trans-cultural Perspective, Middle East
Studies Association, Denver, 21-24 November.
2014. Panel: Neither visitors, nor colonial victims: the history of Muslims in interwar Europe,
Sponsored by European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant), IV. World Congress for Middle
East Studies – WOCMES, Ankara 18- 22 August.
2014. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters, Forum Transregionale Studien
(Berlin) and the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), in
cooperation with Leiden University Library, Leiden 4-5 June 2014.
2013. Europe and Hajj in the Age of Empires: Muslim Pilgrimage prior to the Influx of Migration,
Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS)- The Netherlands in
Cooperation with King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives in Riyadh, Leiden
University, 13-15 May.
2012. Islam in Interwar Europe and European Cultural History, Leiden University Centre for the Study
of Islam and Society (LUCIS) in corporation with the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies,
BMBF Research Group “Europe from the Outside,” Leiden University, 13-14 December 2012.
2011. Transnational Islam in interwar Europe, The Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam
and Society (LUCIS), in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies –
University of Southern Denmark, The Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo and Leiden University
Fund (LUF)], Leiden, 12-13 December 2011.
2011. East-West Networks in Europe, Middle East the Levant and the Red Sea Region in the Inter-war
Period, Institut Français du Proche-Orient–Aleppo, in collaboration with Leiden centre for the
Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and the Dutch Institute in Damascus, 21-23 March.
- 2018. “Darwinism in Contemporary Muslim Thought,” Distinguishing Science and Metaphysics in
Evolution and Religion, University of Leiden, 27-31 August
2018. “The Hajj between Photography and Film in the Netherlands in the Colonial Age,” Muslims in
the UK and Europe, University of Cambridge, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of
Cambridge, 18 June (Keynote Address)
- 2017. “Muslim Apologetics against Western Christian Missions in interwar Egypt”, Defending the
Faith: Religious and Secularist Apologetics in Twentieth-Century Politics, The British Academy,
London, 21 & 22 September (Invited Speaker).
2017. “Geneva as a center for Pan-Islam: Shakib Arslan and his network in interwar Europe”,
Workshop: Rule, Resistance and the State/s: Perspectives from Islamic International Law and
International Relations, Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki,
24 May 2017 (Invited Speaker)
2017. “Dutch converts to Islam in interwar Europe: Mediators of Muslim Culture and Religion,
Conference: “Challenging linguistic and cultural diversity, Intercultural Communication,”
Utrecht University, 21 April.
2017. “Het Salafisme: Oorsprong en ontwikkelingen in de moderne tijd”, Orthodoxie versus
fundamentalisme: wat is je heilig in het levensbeschouwelijk onderwijs?, Tilburg School of
Catholic Theology in samenwerking met Fontys Hogeschool Theologie Levensbeschouwing,
Utrecht, 17-18 January.
2016. “European Converts to Islam between Cairo, Mecca and Indian Circles in interwar Europe”,
South-South: Intellectual History across Middle East and South Asia, 1857- 1948, Columbia
University October 20-21, 2016 (Keynote Speaker)
2016. “The Interaction between the Ahmadiyya (India), Salafiyya and European Converts in the
Interwar Period”, Panel: New Muslim Communities in Europe, 1918–1945, Der 51. Deutsche
Historikertag (theme: Glaubensfragen), University of Hamburg, 21-23 September.
2016. “Salafism in Egypt in the 1920s–1930s: Between Elitism and Populism”, Panel: Islam and
History in Global Modernity, Der 51. Deutsche Historikertag (theme: Glaubensfragen),
University of Hamburg, 21-23 September.
2016. “In the lands of colonizers: Muslims in Interwar Europe”, Nation, Culture and Civilisation
Talking about and beyond ‘the West’ (1860-1940), University of St Andrews and Institute for
Contemporary History, Munich, St Andrews, 3 June (invited speaker).
2016. “Like a mill donkey”: European politics in the aftermath of WWI as reflected in Al-Manar in
Cairo”, Human Catastrophe, Then and Now: Social Trauma and Its Political Consequences, 1916
/ 2016, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) American University of Beirut, 1
June (invited speaker)
2016. “European Islam”: a counter public or a rhetorical public sphere?,” The role of (Post)colonial
Public Intellectuals in Europe: Figures, Ideas and Connections, Utrecht University, 28-29
2016. “Orientalism and Arab Scholarship Entangled: Ahmad Zaki Pasha (1868- 1934) and his
Encounters with European Orientalists,” Scholarly Personae in the History of Orientalism, 1870-
1930, Leiden University, January 28-29, 2016 (invited speaker).
2016. “Van progressief naar conservatief: De wortels van het salafisme en ontwikkelingen in
Europa”, 192ste plenaire SWR-conferentie: Divers geloven in Nederland, KNAW (Dutch Royal
Academy of Science), 22-23 January.
2015. “Muslim Religious Hypridity in Interwar Europe: European converts to Islam in Salafiyya and
Ahmadiyya networks,” Panel: Muslims in Europe in the Interwar Years: A Trans-cultural
Perspective, Middle East Studies Association, Denver, 21-24 November, 2015.
2015. “Muslims in Interwar Europe: A Trans-cultural Historical Perspective”, Islam in/and/of Europe?
Perspectives from the Middle Ages to the Post-Secular Age, University of Tübingen in
cooperation with the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, University of Trento,
Trento, 8-10 October 2015 (invited speaker).
2015. “Early European Orientalists in the Royal Academy of Language in Cairo: A Controversy of
Religion, Western Hegemony and Politics (1933)” Jewish Studies Conference, The Reception of
European Orientalism in the East: Scholarly Encounters in India, Iran, and the Mashriq during
the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Dartmouth College, November 14 and 15, 2015
- 2015. “A reformist ‘Lighthouse” in Cairo: Al-Manar’s Early Years and Readership”, Print Culture and
Islamic Thought, 1850-1950, Zentrum Moderner Orient – Berlin, 8-9 May.
2015. “Imaging Mohammed between Islamic Law and Practice: A Legalist-historical Approach”,
Contested Desires: Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions, Centre for Advanced
Study, Oslo, April 23 – 24, 2015 (invited speaker).
2015. “A German ‘Illusive Love’: Rashid Rida and the First World War”, The Great War and its Legacy
in Central Europe and the Middle East: (Re-)Drawing and Contesting Borders, Nations,
Identities, and Spaces, Qatar University (Doha), 11-12 March (Keynote speaker).
2015. “Dutch Converts to Islam and the Construction of Mosques in the Interwar Netherlands”,
Panel: Muslim Destinies in Interwar Europe: Laying the Foundations for European Islam,
American Historical Association, New York, 2-5 January.
2014. “Islamic Reformism and the Great War: Rashid Rida’s perceptions of the First World War in
the Muslim World”, Jihad And Other Uses Of Islam In World War I Instrumentalization of
religion by the Ottoman Empire, its allies and its enemies, University of Leiden, 13-14
November (invited speaker).
2014. “Muslims in European interwar history,” Panel: History of Islam – Islamic History–History of
the Islamic World?, Horizons of Islamic Theology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, 1-4 September
2014. “Towards a Trans-Cultural History of Muslim Networks in Interwar Europe,” Panel:
Neither visitors, nor colonial victims: the history of Muslims in interwar Europe, Sponsored by
European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant), IV. World Congress for Middle East Studies –
WOCMES, Ankara 18- 22 August.
2014. “Salafiyya, Ahmadiyya and European converts to Islam in the interwar period”, Networks of
non-European actors in First World War and Interwar Europe, Zentrum Moderner Orient
(ZMO), 16 June.
2014. “Friends or Foes: Rashid Rida and his Christian interlocutors”, Jurji Zaidan and Arab
Reform, Balamand University (Lebanon), 17-18 May.
2014. “Guests of the Colonizer: Dutch debates on the construction of mosques in the Hague in the
Interwar period”, Explorativer Workshop: Den Islam Erinnern. Das kollektive Gedächtnis und
seine Lücken: Orte – Institutionen – Genealogien, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, 21-22 March.
2013. “Neither Visitors, nor colonial victims: Muslim Political Activities in Interwar Europe”, Whither
the Nation? National identities in the modern Middle East and South Asia, Orient-Institut Beirut
and Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) American University of Beirut, 27-29
2013. “On his donkey to the mountain of Arafah: Dr Van der Hoog and his Hajj Journey to Mecca,”
Europe and Hajj in the Age of Empires: Muslim Pilgrimage prior to the Influx of Muslim
Migration in the West, Leiden University, 13-15 May.
2013. “Arabic, Orientalism and Western diplomacy: Early Orientalist contributions to the Royal
Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo,” The evolution of scientific knowledge in the Eastern
Mediterranean under European colonial rule, Orient-Institut Beirut, 17-18 May.
2012. “The forms of Islamic State in the Salafi Islamic Thought after the Arabic Spring,” What is
Islamisation?, 3rd annual LUCIS conference, The Hague, 15-16 November (invited speaker).
2012. “Putting the Oral Word of Muslim Reform into Print: Al-Manar’s Religious and Political
Sermons,” New Roles of the Friday Khutba, New Islamic Public Sphere Programme, University
of Copenhagen, 30 August–1 September.
2011. “Salafiyya, Ahmadiyya and European Converts to Islam in the Interwar Period: the Reception
of the Conversion of Europeans in Al-Fath magazine in Cairo”, Transnational Islam in interwar
Europe, Leiden University, 12-13 December 2011.
2011. “The Roots of Pan-Islamist Reformist Admiration towards Germany in the Interwar Period:
Rashid Rida and Al-Manar (1898-1935) as a Case Study”, Panel: Islam in interwar Europe
(organized by Umar Ryad), Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington
DC, 1-5 December 2011.
- 2005. “Muslim Response to Missionary Activities in Egypt: With a Special Reference to Al-Azhar
High Corps of Ulama”, New Faith in Ancient Lands: The dynamics of western missions in the
Middle East (1800-1914), University of Leiden, Faculty of Theology, 27-29 January.
2003. “Muslim Reactions to Missionary Activities to Missionary literature in Egypt: Variety of
Muslim Apologetics during the Late Nineteenth and Early twentieth Centuries”, The
International Congress on Religious Change in Pluralistic Contexts, LISOR, Leiden, 28-30