About the Director

Professor Walid SalehWalid Saleh
Professor and Director, Institute of Islamic Studies

Walid Saleh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a member of both the Department for the Study of Religion and Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, as well as the founding Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies.

Professor Saleh teaches courses on the Qur’an, the history of its interpretation (Tafsir), the life of Muhammad, Muslim women`s narratives and Islamic intellectual history. He holds a BA in Arabic Language & Literature from The American University of Beirut, and an MA & PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University. His field of research focuses on classical commentaries and Medieval scholarly interpretation of the Qur’an.

Professor Saleh’s work has taken him to centres in Cairo, Hamburg, and Washington, where he is a Rockefeller Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Library of Congress (2004). He is currently holding a New Research Mellon Foundation Fellowship.