9 June 2017

Canadian Islamicist Walid Saleh receives Konrad Adenauer Research Award

The Canadian Islamicist Walid Saleh has been chosen to receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Walid Saleh is a professor and founding director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. He is considered to be one of the most important scholars in the area of the Islamic Quranic exegesis in the Middle Ages. For his studies, he usually works with unexplored sources which are often available only as manuscripts, and gains insights that provide impetus - beyond the respective context - for our understanding of Muslim intellectual history as a whole.

Walid Saleh has an extensive network not only in the Anglo-Saxon region and the Arab world, but also in Europe in general and in Germany in particular. As the recipient of this year’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award he will be working together with colleagues at the University of Freiburg and the University of Munich, and others, on projects such as Indonesian Quran translations and a medieval Arabic translation of the history of Judaism.

The Konrad Adenauer Research Award singles out researchers from Canada whose fundamental discoveries and insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond, and whose personality and research contribute to the academic and cultural exchange between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada. The prize is valued at €60,000.

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