Umar Ryad

Umar Ryad, Professor of Arabic and Islam at KU Leuven
Umar Ryad

Umar Ryad is currently associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Research Institute for Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University. From 2008-2014 he was assistant professor of Islamic Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Religious Studies. He studied at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Al-Azhar University in Cairo (BA Islamic Studies in English, 1998) and obtained his MA degree in Islamic Studies (cum laude) from Leiden University (2001), where he also received his PhD degree in June 2008 with the thesis Islamic Reformism and Christianity: A Critical Study of the Works of Muhammad Rashid Rida and His Associates (1898–1935), (Brill, 2009).

Ryad's current research focuses on the modern Islamic intellectual and religious history, 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.