KHK Visiting Research Fellow 2013, Full Professor of Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Since 2009 Gerard Wiegers is professor of religious studies at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to that, he was professor for comparative religion and Islamic studies at Radboud University Nijmegen (2004-2009), lecturer in the comparative study of religions and Islamic studies at Leiden University (1996-2004), and research fellow with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (1991-1996). He is member of several editorial boards, including the Numen book series with Brill and the journal Al-Quantara.
His field of expertise are the history of Islam and the relations between Islam and other religions, especially on the Iberian peninsula, north Africa and Europe. He is also interested in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religions. As visiting research fellow with us, he advances a project entitled 'Religious Transfer and Cultural Diversity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Beyond.'
Ph.D., Religious Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1991
M.A,, Religious Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1986
B.A., Theology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1984
Duration: April 2013 to March 2014
Project: Religious Transfer and Cultural Diversity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Beyond. Gerard Wiegers will in particular focus on:
(1) writing articles for various reference workds, among which the Encyclopedia of Islam (art. Gospel of Barnabas)
(2) completing the second, enlarged and expanded eition of Ahmad al-Qasim Al-Hajari's Kitab nasir al-din (The Supporter of Religion against the Infidels), with Qasim al-Samararrai and Sjoerd van Koningsveld (Leiden)
(3) competing an introductory study, critical edition and translation of the Granadan Lead Books (with P.S. van Koningsveld, Leiden).
(4) Editing the English edition of the recent study (edited, with Mercedes Garcoa-Arenal, CSIC Madrid), Los Moriscos. Expulsion y Diaspora. Una Perspective internacional (Valencia, Granada, Zaragoza 2013) to published by Brill (Leiden) 2014.
Areas of Research
History of relations between the Muslim West and Christian Iberia, Minorities, Polemics.