Mehdi Azaiez (Paris, 1974) is Professor of Islamology at UCLouvain.
He was Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology during the period 2014-2019 at KU Leuven where he is now Visiting Professor and member of the research unit Biblical Studies. His research focuses on Quranic studies and early Islam. In the past (2012-2013) he was an instructor in Islamic studies and co-director of the international Qur’ân Seminar project at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA).
Since 2013, he is a member of the Publications and Research Committee of the International Quranic Studies Association (IQSA).
He created and edits a website dedicated to Quranic studies: Quran and Human Sciences
The Quran of Historians
How is historical research on the Quran received in the Muslim world? What do we know about the historical figure of Muhammad? Interview with Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi, co-director of the “Coran of ...
Islam and the Salvation of non- Muslims: The Qur’anic Perspective
"At the Pluriel conference on “Islam and Otherness” I will argue the Qur’an’s emphasis on divine freedom provides an opening for inclusivism. The Qur’an emphasizes God’s mercy, using al-Raḥmān as a...
Islamic Hermeneutics of Nonviolence: Key Concepts and Methodological Steps
The article traces the key concepts and methodological steps that make an Islamic theology of nonviolence plausible. It offers the tools for a critical reading of classical texts, “sacred” history,...
Environmentalism and sustainability as an expression of Islamic moral orientation
Abstract : The essay emphasizes cultural specificities, starting with the terminology currently used to describe sustainability, and investigates the lack of homogeneity of the semantic fields bel...
Violence and Jihad in Islam: From the War of Words to the Clashes of Definitions
This article explores the phenomena of violence and jihad in three parts: their emergence and trajectory in the Qur’anic text, their meanings, and their entanglement with the religious cause. The o...
‘Inimitable’ Koran ?
Interview with Pr. Tobias Specker, professor of Catholic Theology in the light of Islam at Sankt Georgen Graduate school of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt, Germany, about his book : Gottes Wort...
The sealing of prophethood in Islam
The notion of khatm al-nubuwwa, as the end of prophethood, has emerged as a fundamental theological doctrine in Islam. From the death of Muḥammad in 632, it was at the heart of multiple controversi...
Islam and Otherness : A Muslim theologian’s viewpoint
The Why and How of a New Theology of Religion in Islam The question of salvation The perception of the other and the perception of the self This lecture is part of the PLURIEL webinar ‘Islam &...