Michiel Leezenberg teaches in the Philosophy department and in the MA programme "Islam in the Modern World" of the University of Amsterdam. In 2001, he published Islamic Philosophy: A History (in Dutch), which won the Socrates cup for the best Dutch-language philosophy book of the year. His current research interests focus on the intellectual history of the modern Islamic world, the history and philosophy of the humanities, and the Kurdish question. He has given guest lectures at various universities, at think tanks and at policymaking institutions. He regularly contributes to the Books section of the nationwide daily NRC Handelsblad.