Umar Ryad is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies. Prior, he was Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Leiden University (2008-2014). He earned a BA in Islamic Studies in English from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, followed by an MA in Islamic Studies and a PhD, both from Leiden University. He also taught at the universities of Bern and Oslo; and was a research fellow at the University of Bonn, the Free University of Berlin and Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. His current research focuses on the dynamics of the networks of Islamic reformist and pan-Islamist movements, Muslim polemics on Christianity, the history of Christian missions in the modern Muslim World, and transnational Islam in interwar Europe. He leads a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project on “Muslim Networks in Interwar Europe and European Transcultural History” (2014-2019).
The lecture will take place at the Raadzaal SW 00.113, Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven from 18:00 - 19:30.