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Amr Ryad (Umar)

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies - Faculty of Arts ,KU Leuven, Director of the Leuven Centre for the Study of Islam Culture and Society (LCSICS).
  • phone: +32 16 32 59 86
  • email: amr.ryad@kuleuven.be
  • address: Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 - box 3318 -3000 Leuven

work experience

Work experience
2002-currently | University of Leiden-University of Utrecht- KU Leuven
  • 2017-currently KU Leuven
    Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
    Department of Arabic and east-Asian Studies
  • Faculty of Arts
    2014-2017 University of Utrecht
    Associate Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies
    Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Faculty of Humanities
  •  Research 0,9 fte; teaching 0,1 fte (2014-2019)
    Research and supervision of the ERC Starting Grant PhD and team members
    Co-teaching a course related to the role of religions in the public sphere
    (University College Utrecht)
  • 2008-2014 Leiden University
    Assistant Professor, Islamic Studies
    Leiden Institute of Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Humanities (formerly Religious Studies)
    Research 0,4 fte, teaching 0,4 fte, management 0,2 fte
    Research in the field of modern Islamic thought and movements.
    Teaching subjects related to primary sources of Islam (BA); Modern Trends in
    Islam (BA); Modern Islamic Theology (BA); Qur’anic Exegesis (BA), Quran and
    Hadith Sciences (BA); Arabic Religious Texts (BA); Islamic Jurisprudence for
    Muslims in the West (MA); Religions and Modernity (MA, in collaboration with
    Prof. Dr. Judith Frishman and Prof. Dr. Ernestine van der Wall (UL)
    Supervision of students in both Bachelor and Master stages
    PhD co-supervisor
    Member of the institute’s examination and educational committees
  • 2006-2008 Leiden University
    Instructor, Islamic Theology
    Leiden Institute of Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Humanities (formerly Religious Studies)
    Research 0,4 fte, teaching 0,4 fte, management 0,2 fte
    Research in the field of modern Islamic thought and movements
    Teaching subjects related to Modern Trends in Islam (BA); Qur’an and Hadith
    Sciences (BA); Arabic Religious Texts (BA); Islamic Jurisprudence for Muslims
    in the West (MA); Jewish and Islamic Law (MA, in collaboration with Prof. Dr.
    Judith Frishman and Dr. Mohammed Ghaly UL).
    Supervision of students in both Bachelor and Master stages
    Member of institute’s administrative and educational committees
    2003 –2006 University of Leiden, Former Faculty of Theology (LISOR)
  • Assistant-in-training (AIO)
    PhD research 1 fte
    Teaching the subject ‘Rituals and Symbols of Islam’
    Communication Advisor, Islamic Theology
  • 2002 – 2003 University of Leiden
  • Faculty of Theology, Research assistant (prof. dr. G.A. Wiegers)
    Collecting and archiving film materials for courses on Islamic Rituals
  • 2002 – 2003 Onderwijsadvies ‘Taallokaal Leiden’
  • Onderwijs in Allochtone Levende Talen (OALT)
    Teacher of Arabic (language programme designed for immigrants of the
    second and third generation in The Netherlands)
  • 2001 – 2002 Egyptian Embassy (Germany) Interpreter/translator: English/Arabic
  • (freelance), for the Military Attaché
  • 1998-1999 Nasr City Private School (Cairo), Teacher of English

Academic Training
1993 – 2008 | Al-Azhar University In Cairo-Leiden University
  • 2003-2008 PhD (12/06/2008)
    Leiden University
    Faculty of Religious Studies
    (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. P.S. van Koningsveld and Prof. Dr. G.A. Wiegers).
    Dissertation Islamic Reformism and Christianity: A Critical Reading of the
    Works of Muhammad Rashid Rida and His Associates (1898-1935), Leiden:
    Brill, 2009
  • 1999-2001 Master’s degree (cum laude), Islamic Studies Leiden University
    Faculties of Arts and Theology
    Major Research: The interaction between Islam and Christianity in the modern
    age and the status of Muslims and religious freedom in the Netherlands
  • 1993-1998 Bachelor’s Degree, Islamic Studies in English
    1993-1999 Al-Azhar University in Cairo
  • Faculty of Languages and Translation (Department of English)
    Study of classical and modern sources of Islam in English; various types of
    Arabic-English translation and vice versa; English literature and linguistics
Guest (Senior) lecturer-ship
2010-2016 | University of Bern-University of Oslo-NVIC
  • September 2016 – The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo
    Visiting Lecturer – MA Arabic & Islamic Studies Teaching and supervising Belgian and Dutch MA students in Cairo during the course: “Texts in Context II: History, Society, and Religion”
  • April 2015 – University of Oslo, The Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, Faculty of Humanities
    Invited Visiting Senior Lecturer, Islamic Studies Teaching and supervising students of Religious Studies and Middle Eastern
    Studies during the course “Sharia and Muslims in the West”, mainly tailored for the students
  • Oct.-Nov. 2013 – University of Oslo, The Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, Faculty of Humanities
    Invited Visiting Senior Lecturer – Islamic Studies
    Teaching and supervising students of Religious Studies and Middle Eastern
    Studies during the course “Islam and Modernity”, mainly tailored for the
    students
  • Feb. – July 2010 Theologische Fakultät, University of Bern Invited Guest Lecturer Teaching and supervising students of Theology and Religious Studies during the course “Modern Trends in Islam”, mainly tailored for the students

Teaching Tasks
2004- Currently | Leiden University-Utrecht University College- Leuven Faculty of Arts
  • 2017- Currently – Leuven Faculty of Arts
  • Undergraduate:
  •   1) “Contemporary Debates in Arabic and Islamic Studies,
  •    2) “Introduction to Arabic Literature” MA: “Current Debates in Islam”
  • 2014-2017 – Utrecht University College
  •        Undergraduate: “Religions in the Public Domain: Judaism and Islam”, together with Dr. Eric Ottenheijm (UU)
  • 2004-2014 Leiden University
  •  Undergraduate Courses:
  • 1) Ritual and Symbols of Islam;
  •  2) Modern Trends in Islam;
  •  3) The Study of Islam: Advanced;
  •  4) Qur’anic Sciences;
  • 5) Hadith Sciences;
  •  6) Qur’anic Exegesis: Christianity and Christians in the Qur’an;
  •  7)Modern Islamic Theology;
  •  8) Reading of Modern Arabic Religious Texts;
  • 9)Islamic Sources.
  • MA Courses:
  • 1) Islamic jurisprudence for Muslims in Europe: the role of Fatwas (MA);
  • 2) Jewish and Islamic Law (MA, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Judith Frishman and Dr. Mohammed Ghaly (UL);
  • 3) Comparing Modernities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (MA), in collaboration with Prof. Dr. E.G.E. vander Wall; Prof. Dr. J. Frishman)
Supervision of Graduate Students and Postgraduate Fellows
2006 – 2018 | Universities of Leiden, Utrecht and KU Leuven,Free University of Belin and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
  • 2006 – 2018 Supervisor
  • 2 postdoc, 7 Ph.D.
  • (three as a co-supervisor Utrecht University,Free University of Belin and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University)
    30 MA theses in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
  • Universities of Leiden, Utrecht and KU Leuven.
  • 2008-2018 Examiner
  • 18 PhD dissertations at different universities
Research (Senior)fellowship
2012-2019 | IEG-BGSMCS-ZMO-Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften
  • July-August 2019 – Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG) in Mainz
    Invited Senior Fellowship
    Continued work on the ERC-project Preparing further research ideas on a following research project
  • June–Sept. 2016 Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies – Free University of Berlin
  • Invited Visiting Fellow
    Research on the position of Muslims in interwar Germany and the European propaganda during the two World Wars.
  • December 2013 Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)
    Invited Research Fellow
    Research on the trans-cultural history of Muslims in interwar Berlin
  •      June-Aug. 2012 University of Bonn, Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften, Abteilung für Islamwissenschaft
  • Invited visiting researcher within the BMBF-Project “Europa von außen gesehen”
    Invited Research Fellow
    Research on “the image of Europe among Muslim reformists in the twentieth
    century” and “Islam in Interwar Europe”

Professional Training and Courses
2010-2017 | Utrecht University- Leiden University
  • 2017 Seniorkwalificatie Onderwijs (SKO-ow, Senior Teaching Qualification)
    2017 Seniorkwalificatie Onderzoek (SKO-oz, Senior Research Qualification)
    2016-2017 Onderzoekleiderschap (Research Leadership), Utrecht University
    2014-2015 Academisch Leiderschap (Academic Leadership), Utrecht University
    2011 Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO, Basic Teaching Qualification) ICLON, Leiden
  • 2010 Begeleiden van promovendi (Training of PhD-students), Leiden University
    2010 Intercultural Classroom, University of Leiden
Research Grants and Major Collaboration
2014-2023 | ERC-QNRF-ITN
  • 2020-2023 Marie Curie ITN Project: “Mediating Islam in the Digital Age” (MIDA) (Co-PI).
  • 2019-2022 Qatar National Research Fund: “The Computational Study of Culture: Cultural
    Analytics for Modern Arab and Muslim Studies” at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
    (Co-PI).
  • June 2014- May 2019 ERC Starting Grant, Neither visitors, nor colonial victims: Muslims in Interwar
    Europe and European Trans-cultural History (Max. ERC funding: 1,498,984 €).

Prizes
1999-2009 | NUFFIC-NWO-LUF-Bewust Belonen-LISR
  • 2008-2009 Gratification reward, Leiden Institute for the Study of Religions
  • 2006-2007 ‘Bewust Belonen’, a reward for the Best Employee of the Year, Faculty of Religious Studies
  • 2006 The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) grant, two-month research in Morocco
  • 2005 Leids Universiteit’s Fonds (LUF), one-month research in Germany
  • 2005 Certificate of distinction during the summer university course ‘Bookish Traditions: Authority and the Book in Scripturalist Religions’, Central European University, Budapest
  • 2004 NWO grant, two-month research in Egypt
  • 1999-2001 The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC), MA-fellow

Membership
2002-2023 | NOSTER-NGG-LISOR-FU-NVAO-he Young Academy of Belgium-Others
  • 2019- Board member, Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies
  • 2018-2023 Member of the Young Academy of Belgium
  • 2018 Co-Chair, Panel Cultural Studies, Science Agenda of Belgium
  • 2016 Panel member, Evaluation of the teaching programmes of The Islamic University of
    Europe in Rotterdam, Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (Nederlands –
    Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie, NVAO).
  • 2015- Editorial Board, Philological Encounters, Leiden: Brill (peer-reviewed journal: Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship).
  • 2015- Member of the Advisory Board of the Leiden Islam Academie – Leiden University
  • 2014- Editorial Board, Book Series “Islam in verandering”, Uitgeverij Parthenon, The Netherlands.
  • 2015 Panel member, Evaluation of the teaching programmes of The Islamic University of Rotterdam, Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (Nederlands – Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie, NVAO).
  • 2012- Collegium of the research programme: Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, Forum Transregionale Studien, the Free University of Berlin (FU)
  • 2012-2017 Editorial Team, Christian-Muslim Relations, A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, Leiden: Brill, hosted by the University of Birmingham.
  • 2009-2014 Member of the Examiners’ Committee–Institute of Religious Studies, University of Leiden
  • 2007 Organising member of the NOSTER International Third Congress, The Ambivalence of Sainthood and Sin, 24-25 April.
  • 2006-2014 Member of the Educational Committee, MA, Institute of Religious Studies University of Leiden
  • 2003-2006 Member of the Institute Committee LISOR, representative of PhD students, Faculty of Theology, University of Leiden
  • 2003- Member of the Netherlands Association of Religious Studies (NGG)
  • 2002- The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER)

Publications:
2002-2019 |

Books and Edited volumes:

  • 2019. The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism, eds. Routledge (co-editor with Susannah
    Heschel) (forthcoming).
    2016. The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire, ed. (Leiden Studies in Islam and Societies series),
    Leiden: Brill.
    2015. Muslims in interwar Europe: A Trans-cultural Historical Perspective, (Muslim Minorities series,
    vol. 16) Leiden: Brill (co-editors Bekim Agai and Mehdi Sajid).
    2015. Exchanged Letters between Shakib Arslan and Mohammed Daoud, the Historian of Tetouan
    (Arabic), Cairo: National Archives of Egypt, Documentary Studies Series, no 14.
    2014. Transnational Islam in Interwar Europe: Muslim Activists and Thinkers, (The Modern Muslim
    World Series), New York: Palgrave Macmillan (co-editor with Götz Nordbruch).
    2011. Documents on the German Arms Trade in the Arabian Peninsula: Readings in the Archive of
    Zeki Kiram (Arabic), Cairo: National Archives of Egypt, Documentary Studies Series, no 2.
    2009. Islamic Reformism and Christianity: a Critical Reading of the Works of Muhammad Rashid Rida
    and his Associates (1898-1935), Leiden: Brill (The History of Christian Muslim Relations), 2009.
  • [Book reviews: Heather J. Sharkey, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (2009), 36: 585-590;
    Karel Steenbrink, Exchange (2010), 39: 429-430; Rosanna Budelli, IslamoChristiana (2010), 36:
    420; Richard van Leeuwen, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2011), 74:
    144-146; Mehdi Sajid, Sehepunkte, 11/3 (2011)]

Chapters, articles and reviews:

Peer-reviewed:

  • 2019. “British and Muslim: British Converts and their apologetics for Islam in the interwar period”,
    in Todd H. Weir & Hugh McLeod (eds.), Apologetics and Politics: Religious-Secularist Conflicts
    in the Twentieth Century, Proceedings of the British Academy, London (forthcoming)
    2018. “An Oriental Orientalist”: Aḥmad Zakī Pasha (1868-1934), Egyptian Statesman and Philologist
    in the Colonial Age”, Philological Encounters 3 (2018) 129-166.
    2017. “Rather Turkish than Papist”: Islam as a political force in the Dutch Low Countries in the Early
    modern period, The Muslim World: Special edition on Islam and the Protestant Reformation
    (guest editor: David D. Grafton), Oct. 2017
    2016. “Introduction: The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age”, in Umar Ryad (ed.),
    Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empires, ed. (Leiden Studies in Islam and Societies series), Leiden:
    Brill, 1-13.
    2016. “On his donkey to the mountain of Arafah: Dr Van der Hoog and his Hajj Journey to Mecca,” in
    Umar Ryad (ed.), Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empires, ed. (Leiden Studies in Islam and
    Societies series), Leiden: Brill, 185-216.
    2016. “Eschatology between Reason and Revelation: Death and Resurrection in Modern Islamic
    Theology”, in Sebastian Günther and Todd Lawson (eds.), Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and
    Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam, Leiden: Brill, vol. 2, pp. 1187-1221.
    2016. Judith Frishman and Umar Ryad, “Islamic and Jewish Legal Traditions,” in Josef W. Meri (ed.),
    The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, pp. 155-
    178.
    2016. “A German “Illusive Love”: Rashid Rida’s Perceptions of the First World War in the Muslim
    World” in Zürcher, Erik-Jan (ed.), Jihad and Islam in World War I, Leiden University Press:
    LUCIS: Debates on Islam & Society, pp. 305 – 328
    2015. “Salafiyya, Ahmadiyya and European Converts to Islam in the interwar period”, in Bekim Agai
    Umar Ryad and Mehdi Sajid, Muslims in interwar Europe: A Trans-cultural Historical
    Perspective, Leiden: Brill, pp. 47-87.
    2015. “Muslim Responses to Missionary Literature in Egypt in the Late Nineteenth and Early
    Twentieth Centuries,” in Douglas Pratt et al (eds.), The Character of Christian-Muslim
    Encounter: Essays in Honour of David Thomas, Leiden: Brill, pp. 288-308.
  • 2014. “Introduction: Toward a Transnational History of Islam and Muslims in Interwar Europe”, (co-
    author Götz Nordbruch), in Götz Nordbruch and Umar Ryad (eds.), Transnational Islam in Interwar Europe: Muslim Activists and Thinkers, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-12.
  • 2014. “A Salafi Student in Orientalist Scholarship in Nazi Germany: Taqi al-Din al-Hilali and His
    Experience in the West”, in Götz Nordbruch and Umar Ryad (eds.), Transnational Islam in
    Interwar Europe: Muslim Activists and Thinkers, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 107-156.
    2014. “Anti-Imperialism and the Pan-Islamic Movement”, in David Motadel (ed.) Islam and the
    European Empires (The Past & Present Book Series), Oxford University Press, pp. 131-149.
    2013. “Te gast in Den Haag – discussies moskeebouw in Nederland vóór de Tweede Wereldoorlog,”
    Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid, vol. 4/2, pp. 59-78.
    2012. “Among the believers in the land of the colonizer: Mohammed Ali van Beetem’s role among
    the Indonesian community in The Netherlands in the interwar period,” Journal of Religion in
    Europe, vol. 5/2, pp. 273-310.
    2011. “New Episodes in Moroccan Nationalism in the inter-war period: The Influence of Shakib
    Arslan in the Light of Unpublished Materials”, Journal of North African Studies, vol. 16/1, pp.
    117-142.
  • 2010. “Islamic reformism and Great Britain: Rashid Rida’s image as reflected in the journal Al-Manar
    in Cairo,” Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, vol. 21/3, pp. 263-286.
    2010. “Islamic reformism and Great Britain: Rashid Rida’s image as reflected in the journal Al-Manar
    in Cairo,” Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, vol. 21/3, pp. 263-286.
    2009. “A Prelude to Fiqh al-Aqalliyyât: Rashîd Ridâ’s Fatwâs to Muslims under non-Muslim Rule,” in
    Christiane Timmerman, Johan Leman, Barbara Segaert, H. Roos, (eds.), In-Between Spaces
    Christian and Muslim Minorities in Transition in Europe and the Middle East, Bruxelles: P.I.E.
    Peter Lang, pp. 239-270.
    2009. “A printed Muslim ‘Lighthouse’ in Cairo: Al-Manār’s early years, religious aspiration and
    perception,” Arabica, vol. 56, pp. 27-60.
    2008. “‘Aussi éphémère que l’abricot.’ La réponse d’un converti égyptien au christianisme à la
    publication de l’Evangile de St Barnabé en arabe,” in Laure Guirguis (ed.), Conversions
    religieuses et mutations politiques. Tares et avatars du communautarisme égyptien, Paris:
    Editions Non Lieu, pp. 97-110.
    2008. “The Dismissal of A. J. Wensinck from the Royal Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo,” in
    Willem B. Drees & Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld (eds.), The Academic Study of Religion and
    the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Religious and Academic Freedom, Amsterdam
    University Press, pp. 91-134.
    2006. “Muslim Response to Missionary Activities in Egypt: With a Special Reference to the Al-Azhar
    High Corps of Ulama’ (1925-1935),” in Heleen Murre-Van den Berg (ed.), New Faith in Ancient
    Lands: Western Missions in the Middle East in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries,
    Leiden: Brill, pp. 281-307.
    2006. “From an officer in the Ottoman army to a Muslim publicist and armament agent in Berlin:
    Zekî Hishmat Kirâm (1886–1946),’ Bibliotheca Orientalis, vol. 63/3-4, pp. 235-268.
  • 2002. “Rashîd Ridâ (1865-1935) and a Danish Missionary: Alfred Nielsen and Three Fatwâs from Al-
    Manar,” IslamoChristiana, vol. 28, pp. 97-107.
  • Non Peer-reviewed:

  • 2015. “‘Heilige Oorlog made in Germany’ Duitse jihadpropaganda tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog,”
    ZemZem, 1/2015, pp. 8-13.
    2015. “Ibn Nujaym al-Misri”, in D. Thomas & J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations – A
    Bibliographical History: Vol. 7 Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America
    (1500-1600), Leiden: Brill, pp. 688-692.
    2015. “Ibn Tulun”, in D. Thomas & J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations – A Bibliographical
    History: Volume 7: Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America (1500-1600),
    Brill, pp. 637-639.
    2014. “Jurji Zaidan and Rashid Rida”(Arabic), Al-Hilal, June, pp. 78-87.
    2014. “Book Review of Simon Wood’s Christian Criticisms, Islamic Proofs: Rashid Ridā’s Modernist
    Defense of Islam,” Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 25/2, pp. 246-248.
    2013. “Enlightenment: III Islam”, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception 7, Berlin/Boston: Walter
    De Gruyter.
    2012. “Absent Conditions: The Dream of Re-establishing the Caliphate facing the Dilemma of
    Modernity” (Arabic), International Politics, Al-Ahram (Cairo), July.
    2010. “Book Review of Heather J. Sharkey’s American Evangelicals in Egypt. Missionary Encounters
    in an Age of Empire”, Church History and Religious Culture, vol. 90/4, pp. 729-730.
    2010. “Vijand en voorbeeld: zending in het Britse protectoraat Egypte”, ZemZem: Tijdschrift over het
    Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam, nr. 2, pp. 35-43.
    2009. “Van progressief naar conservatief: De wortels van het salafisme”, Roodkoper, vol. 13/4, pp.
    21-24.
    2007. “De Koran van: Marcoush, Azough en Karacaer,” ZemZem: Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten,
    Noord-Afrika en islam, vol. 3/2, pp. 38-45.
  • 2007. “Van officier in het Ottomaanse leger tot islamitische publicist en wapenhandelaar in Berlijn:
    Zeki Hishmat Kirâm (1886-1946),” ZemZem: Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika
    en islam, vol. 3/1, pp. 74-83.

Conferences:
2002-2019 |

(Co)organizer:

  • 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
    February
    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
    December.
    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.

(Keynote/invited) Speaker:

  • 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
    January 2016.
    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
    (invited speaker).
  • 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
    (invited speaker).
    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
    September.
    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
    August.

Expert meetings and invited lectures:
2005-2018 |
  • 2018. “Islamic Reformism and Western Christianity: Al-Manar’s Responses to Missionary Work in
    Egypt,” The Christian-Muslim Studies Network, University of Edinburgh, November 1
    2017. “The Hajj and European Imperial Powers: Between Pan-Islam, the Cholera, Shipping Trade”,
    Public Lecture Series: The Middle East in Global History – Global History in the Middle East,
    Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, 15 May
    2017. “Salafism between Reformist and Puritan Islam in the interwar period,” Lecture Series Islamic
    Reform, Institute of Islamic Theology, University of Osnabrück, 12 April
    2017. Umar Ryad en Sophie Spaan, ‘Moskeeën en de koloniale islampolitiek in West Europa in het
    interbellum’ afscheidscongres Dr. Freek Bakker: “Wat maakt een plek die voorheen niet heilig
    was, heilig?”, Utrecht University, 25 January
    2016. “What went wrong with Salafism: A historical approach to modern Islam”, Leuven
    Interdisciplinary Islam Seminar: KU Leuven, 15 December
    2016. “Muslim Reform at the Periphery in the colonial age: Rashid Rida’s Views of Islam and Christian
    Missions in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Summer School: Christians and Muslims in Africa. Towards a
    Framework for the Study of Multi-Religious Settings, ZMO, Berlin, 14-20 July 2016.
    2016. “In de landen van overheersers: Moslims in Europa in het interbellum”, Bessensap 2016, de
    Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (NWO) en de Vereniging van
    Wetenschapsjournalisten Nederland (VWN), Amsterdam, 10 June.
    2016. Seminar (together with Mehdi Sajid): “Neither visitors, nor colonial victims: Muslims in interwar
    Europe”, The Cambridge Middle East History Group, Faculty of History, Cambridge University,
    3 May
    2016. “Muslim modernism in interwar Europe”, Seminar: CEMS-Low Countries: A Comparative
    Approach to Modernism, Utrecht University 9 May
    2016. “Religion as counter-politics in Post-revolutionary Egypt”, The Arab Uprisings Five Years Later,
    International Institute for Social History (IISH) Amsterdam, 15 April.
    2016. “Muslim Responses to Christian Missions in Interwar Egypt”, Engaging Europe in the Arab
    World: European missionaries and humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850-1970), Leiden
    University, 14 April.
    2016. “Contested knowledge, contested authority: The study of Islamic Theology in the Netherlands”,
    Berlin Forum for Muslim Thinking: Uncertain Times – Muslim Answers to Today’s Challenges,
    Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, 6- 8 April.
    2016. “Mediators of Religious Modernity: European Converts to Islam in Interwar Europe,” Reviving
    previous times and expanding horizons: Islam and Modernity in global historical perspective,
    Istanbul NISIS Spring School, organized by The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic
    Studies (NISIS), The Institut d’études de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISMM),
    14-18 March (keynote lecture).
    2016. “Muslims in interwar Europe: A Transcultural Historical Perspective”, Public Lecture, Fatih
    University in Istanbul, 16.
  • 2016. “Muslims in Interwar Europe: A Transcultural Historical Perspective,” Urban Studies Talks,
    Center for Urban Studies & Department of Sociology, İstanbul Şehir University, 17 March.
    2016. “Salafism between ‘Progressive Reformism’ and ‘Regressive Radicalism’,” Public Lecture,
    Department of Sociology & School of Islamic Studies, İstanbul Şehir University, 17 March.
    2015. Seminar: “Muslims in Europe in the Interwar Years,” The CMES Director’s Series and the Prince
    Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, 16 November.
    2015. Panel Discussion: “Arab Family Archives and Trans-cultural Colonial History from Below”,
    Zukunftsphilologie Winter Academy World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a
    Comparative Perspective 4-14 September 2015, University of Cape Town.
    2015. “Zeki Hishmat Bey Kiram: Osmaanse Officier van Sinai front naar Duitsland”, Personal Memoirs
    from WWI, Center for Public Debate, The Hague, February 26.
  • 2015. Book presentation, Exchanged letters between Shakib Arslan and Mohammed Daoud, Dutch-
    Flemish Institute in Cairo in cooperation with the National Archives of Egypt, 2 February.
  • 2012. “The ideological shifts in the thinking of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Seminar: The Politics of the
    Muslim Brotherhood, Clingendael Institute and Erasmus University, The Hague, 19 December.
    2012. “Muslim presence and networks in Europe in the interwar and during war period: Questions for
    further research”, International Research Colloquium, Islamic Studies – University of Bonn, 5
    October.
    2012. “A Muslim reformist imagination of Germany before the Nazi period: Rashid Rida and his sources
    of information as a case study,” Middle Eastern Travels and Travelogues – Textual
    Interpretations and Methodologies, BMBF Research Group „Europe from the Outside“, Bonn
    University, 19 July.
    2012. “A Salafi Student in Orientalist Philology in Nazi Germany: Taqi al-Din al-Hilali and His
    Academic Experience in Germany 1930-40”, Zukunftsphilologie Lecture Series,
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, June 14.
    2012. Invited participation (via nomination), “Religion and Historical Inquiry”, Kandersteg Seminar,
    Remarque Institute, New York University, Kandersteg (Switzerland), 28 March – 1 April.
    2011. Lecturing during the Series “De avond van [De Koran, Mohammed en Allah] (The Evening of
    [The Qur’an, Mohammed and Allah])”, De Nieuwe Liefde {established by the Dutch Theologian
    and Poet Huub Oosterhuis}, Amsterdam.
    2011 Book presentation, Documents on the German Arms Trade in the Arabian Peninsula: Readings
    in the Archive of Zeki Kiram, Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo in cooperation with the National
    Archives of Egypt.
    2011. “Achter religieuze grenzen. Hoe kunnen religieuze verschillen in Nederland het verschil
    maken?, public debate, Free University of Amsterdam (VU), 22 september.
    2011. “Building up an Islamic reformist readership community in South East Asia: Rashid Rida’s
    influence and Networks in Indonesia,” Public Lecture, The Islamic Academy of Banten
    (Indonesia), 20 January.
    2010. “Zukunftphilologie: Revisiting the Canon of Textual Scholarship beyond Europe”, International
    Winter School, Free University of Berlin, at the American University Cairo, December 5-16.
    2009. Invited participation: Islam in Europe: What Model?, Casablanca, June 20-21.
    2008. Participation in the research/expert meeting on the education of Imams in Europe, The
    Swedish Ministry of Education, Stockholm, 19 November.
    2007. “Money and Wealth: An Islamic Perspective”, Gott.Geld.Kunst.Kapital, Artneuland Berlin, 7
    September.
    2007. Invited response to the paper, ‘An Islamic approach to primitive innocence’, by Hasan Hanafi,
    presented at the NOSTER international third congress, the Ambivalence of Sainthood and Sin,
    24-25 April.
    2006. Invited response to the lecture of David Ford, ‘Inter-Faith Wisdom as a Challenge to
    Contemporary Theology’’, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 7 December.
    2005. Summer Academy “Experts and Mediators of Knowledge in the 20th Century: Transregional
    Perspectives,” Wissenschaftskolleg, Akademie Schmoeckwitz, Berlin, 4-11 September.
  • 2005. Summer School “Bookish Traditions: Authority and the Book in Scripturalist Religions,” Central
    European University, Budapest, 4-15 July.
    2003. Participation in the 10th session of the European Council for Fatwa and Research in Dublin,
    22-27 January.
PhD Supervision
2008-2019 |

First Supervisor:

  • Sophie Spaan, Muslim Religious Identities and Institutions in interwar Europe, ERC project, Utrecht
    University
    Andrei Tirtan, Pan-Islam and Political Activism in interwar Europe, ERC project, Utrecht University

Co-promotor:

  • Hayat Ahili, From Reformist to Radical Salafi Thought: A Modern Publication History of Ibn Taymiyya’s
    Fatwas (d. 1328 CE), (in samenwerking met Christian Lange), Universiteit Utrecht
    Judith Kindinger, The Dymanics of Idenitity formation of Egyptian Christians and Muslims from 13th to
    20th century (Prof. Dr. R.B. ter Haar Romeny, Prof. Dr. P.M. Sijpesteijn and Umar Ryad) Faculty
    of Humanities, VU.
    Oriana Gaetaniello, Between Isolation and Global Reception: The Figure of Muhammad Rashid Rida in
    the Context of the Islamic Reform Scene, (Prof. Dr. G. Krämer, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag and Umar
    Ryad) FU Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies.
  • Konkabayeva Nazym, Foreign Supervisor (Supervisor R.A. Avakova), Faculty of Oriental Studies of Al-
    Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan (External supervisor).

Reading and Defense Committees:

  • Mufti Ali, Muslim opposition to logic and theology in the light of the works of Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī
    (d.911/1505), Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, 4
    November 2008 (Defense Committee)
    Khaled Mohamed Mahmoud Younes, Joy and sorrow in early Muslim Egypt : Arabic papyrus letters,
    text and content, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden
    University, 27 August 2013 (Defense Committee)
    Mohammed S.H. Alsulami, Iranian Orientalism: notions of the other in modern Iranian thought, Leiden
    Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, 5 February 2014
    (Defense Committee)
    R.W. Visser, Identities in early Arabic journalism: The case of Louis Ṣābūnjī, Amsterdam School for
    Culture and History (ASCH), Faculty of Humanities, 6 February 2014 (Reading and Defense
    Committee)
    Moosa Abdo Ali Elayah, Donors-promoted public sector reforms in developing countries and the Local
    Knowledge Syndrome : the Dutch-Yemen NPT Program for developing the Higher Education
    Sector in Yemen, Institute of Public Administration, Campus the Hague, Leiden University, 17
    April 2014 (Defense Committee)
    Mohsen Abdelaty Haredy Khalifa, Female Transmission of Hadith in the Mamluk Period: an annotated
    edition and study of Ibn Hajar’s Mu`jam Ash-Shaykhah Maryam, Institute of Religious Studies,
    Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, 29 April 2014 (Defense Committee)
    Khadija Kadrouch-Outmany, Islamic burials in the Netherlands and Belgium. Legal, religious and social
    aspects, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Faculty of Social and
    Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University, 16 September 2014 (Defense Committee)
    Abdessamad El Amraoui, “Authentic Islam”: the religious profile of Taqī al-Dīn al-Hilālī (1893-1987) as
    reflected in his fatwas, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion, Faculty of the
    Humanities, Leiden University, 6 May 2015 (Reading and Defense Committee)
    Ammeke Kateman, Defining Islam as a Modern Religion: Muhammad ‘Abduh (1849-1905) and his
    Interlocutors, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, 4 March 2016 (Reading and
    Defense committee)
  • Tineke Rooijakkers, Dress norms and markers: A comparative study of Coptic identity and dress in the
    past and present, 10 March 2016, Faculty of Humanities, VU (Defense Committee)
    Omar Sayfo, Arab Media Industries and Identity Politics: The Case of Arab Animated Cartoons, 10 June
    2016, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University (Reading and Defense Committee)
    Ali Al Tuma, Guns, Culture and Moors: Racial stereotypes and cultural impacts of the Moroccan
    participation in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), History Department, Leiden University,
    October 2016 (Reading and Defense Committee).
    Arjan Post, The Journey of a Taymiyyan Sufi: Sufism Through the Eyes of ʿImād al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Wāsiṭī
    (d. 711/1311), Utrecht University, 27 November, 2017 (Defense Committee).
    S. Al Daghistani, Epistemological Inquiry into Islam’s Moral Economic Teachings, Legal Discourse, and
    Islamization Process, Leiden University, 30 November, 2017 ( Reading and Defense Committee)

 

Press, Radio and TV Interviews
2007-2017 |
  • 2017. Café Weltschmerz, Opkomst van de islam en het salafisme, deel 1 & 2 (Interview: Hans van
    der Jagt”, 26 May, 2017 & June, 2017.
    2016. “Waarom waren Europeanen een eeuw geleden verliefd op de Islam?”, De Universiteit van
    Nederland, 13 December
    2016. Interview (Arabic) about the edited volume The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire, Al-Hajj
    wa al-Umrah Magazine, Saudi Ministry of Hajj, 27 December.
    2016. “Muhammad Sadiq Pasha: The First Photographer of Mecca and Madina (Arabic), The Egyptian
    Daily Al-Ahram, 9 September
  • 2016. “The Hajj in the Colonial Age: Politics, Diseases and Espionage” (Arabic), The Egyptian Daily Al-
    Ahram, 2 September
  • 2016. “From Reform and Revival to the Renewal of Religious Discourse” (Arabic), The Egyptian Daily
    Al-Ahram, 12 July
    2016. “Staan we aan de voet van de Derde Wereldoorlog?,” Interview: Zaman Vandaag, 28 March
    2016. “The First Dutch documentary on the Hajj (1928),” Interview (Arabic): Al-Qafilah magazine,
    Saudi Aramco, January-February (in Arabic)
    2016. “Eerste Moskee in Nederland bestaat al 60 jaar”, Interview: Zaman Vandaag, 8 January
    2015. “De eerste moskee van Nederland,” Interview: Met het oog op morgen, Radio 1, 8 December
    2015. “Muslim Intellectuals in Interwar Europe”, Interview about the ERC project: Al-Qafilah
    magazine, Saudi Aramco (Together with Mehdi Sajid), November-December (In Arabic)
    2015. “Islam tijdens het Interbellum,” MO Actueel, A documentary about the ERC project “Muslims
    in interwar Europe”, Dutch Muslim Broadcasting, Dutch TV2, 6 June
    2015. “Aangepaste boodschap, zelfde toon.” Interview over Hirsi Ali’s Ketters in Erasmus
    Journalisten, 26 March
    2014. “Moslims in Nederland in het interbellum (Muslim in The Netherlands in the interwar period),”
    Dichtbij Nederland, Radio 5, 17 December
    2014. “MO Actueel: De Eerste Wereldoorlog en de islamitische wereld (WWI and the Muslim
    World,” Dutch Muslim Broadcasting, Dutch TV2, 13 December.
    2014. “Het belang van het offeren in religies (The Significance of Sacrifice in Religions)”, Muslim
    Broadcasting, Dutch TV 2, 29 September.
    2014. “Kalifaat, wat houdt dat in? (The Caliphate: What does it mean?),” Muslim Broadcasting, Dutch
    TV2, 13 September.
    2013. “Moslimintellectuelen in Europa (Muslim Intellectuals in Europe),” Hoezo wetenschapscafé,
    NTR Radio, 13 June.
    2013. “Nederland was erg laat met moskee,” Interview: Trouw, 25 February
    2011 “De beschaving in Nederland”, ZOZ: VPRO, with Huub Oosterhuis, 31 December
    2011 Website Video Interview, “Our Shared Future: 100 Questions about Islam”, British Council,
    British Consulate General, New York
    2009 Interview, “Insight”, Iqraa International TV, Cairo, 4 August
    2009 ObaLive, Radio Dutch Muslim Broadcasting, 15 September
  • 2009 “Ramadan Special”, Dutch Muslim Broadcasting (NMO), 30 August
    2009 “Moslims naar de top (Muslims to the Top)”, Dutch Muslim Broadcasting (NMO), 28 June
    2009 ObaLive, Radio of the Dutch Muslim Broadcasting (NMO), 7 April
    2008 Interview, Dutch Muslim Broadcasting (NMO), “Uitkijken naar de Hajj (Longing to the
    Pilgrimage)”, 16 November 2008
    2008 Dutch Muslim Broadcasting (NMO), “Fatwa’s via de satelliet (Fatwas by satellites)”, 5 October
    2008.
    2007 Interview, Egyptian Cultural TV, June, 2007

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Transnational Islam in Interwar Europe: Muslim Activists and Thinkers (The Modern Muslim World)

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by Bekim Agai (Contributor), Umar Ryad (Contributor), Mehdi Sajid (Contributor) Muslims in Interwar Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the history of Muslims in interwar Europe. Based on personal and official archives, memoirs, press writings and correspondences, the contributors […]

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