Leif Stenberg

Professor in Islamic Studies

Leif received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Lund University, Sweden in 1996 with the publication of his award winning thesis The Islamization of Science: Four Muslim Positions Developing an Islamic Modernity. In 1997 until 1999 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. The following year, 1999-2000, Stenberg was a visiting scholar at the Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas (IFEAD) in Damascus, Syria. He has worked at Uppsala and Växjö universities, but since 2001 he has held a position at Lund University in Islamology and became an Associate Professor in 2003 and in 2011 Stenberg was appointed professor at Lund University.

From April 1, 2017 Leif Stenberg has taken on a new position at Aga Khan University, London but will continue to work 10 % at CMES throughout 2017.


Books (3)
Editorships (7)
Articles (13)
Book chapters (22)
Conference contributions (2)
Reports (1)
Newspaper articles (19)
Miscellaneous (7)
Supervision at Lund University (5)


+46 46 222 7464



Visiting address

Finngatan 16
223 62 Lund

Visiting hours

Monday 15-17
Wednesday 15-17
Friday 14-16

Area of Expertise

Muslims in Europe
Overall questions concerning the Middle East – "Arab Spring"