Professor Gerard Wiegers
Gerard Wiegers (PhD Leiden University 1991, cum laude) is Full Professor of Comparative Religious Studies in the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and a specialist in the History and Comparative Study of Religions and the history of Islam in Europe and the Muslim West. Previously he was full professor of Religious Studies, in particular Islam, at Radboud University Nijmegen and associate professor and Research Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts (KNAW) at Leiden University. His research concentrates on the relations between Islam and other religions in Europe and the Muslim West and the history of Islamic and Jewish minorities in Europe and the Middle East. He is supervisor of eight PhD students. Gerard Wiegers holds visiting research fellowships at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid and the Center for Religious Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of books series in the field and has directed research projects funded by private and public funding organisations, most recently as PI in the HERA funded project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship and as Project Leader of the NWO funded project Delicate Relations. Muslims and Jews in London and Amsterdam (2014-present). His projects have led to publications in major peer-reviewed journals and book series.