Canadian researcher receives prestigious German award

Jun 16, 2017

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Werner Wnendt honoured this year’s recipient of the Konrad Adenauer Research Award, Prof. Dr. Walid Saleh from the University of Toronto, with a ceremony in the Ambassador’s residence on June 19, 2017. The award is one of Germany’s most prestigious research awards and is conferred annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

“Prof. Saleh is considered to be one of the most important scholars in the area of the Islamic Quranic exegesis in the Middle Ages,” states the Humboldt Foundation in the announcement of the award. “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.”

Dr. Walid Ahmad Saleh is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the department for the study of religion and the department of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations. He is also the founding director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the university. His general research interests include the Qur’an, the history of Quranic exegesis and theological literature of medieval Islam. He will speak about “The Qur’an between the Past and the Present” after the award ceremony.

Recipients of the Konrad Adenauer Research Award are chosen based on their entire academic record to date and receive 60,000 Euro (currently approximately 90,000 CAD). The prize is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and aims to promote academic and cultural interchange between the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada. Recipients are invited to conduct a research project of their own choice in Germany in close collaboration with a colleague specializing in the same field. Researchers of any discipline may be nominated.

Dr. Walid Ahmad Saleh 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.

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