Leif Stenberg

Professor in Islamic Studies

Dr. Stenberg is a Professor in Islamic Studies. He received a Ph.D. in History of Religions 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". From 1997 until 1999 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. The following year, 1999-2000, Dr. Stenberg was a visiting scholar at the Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas (IFEAD) in Damascus, Syria. In Sweden, he has also worked at Uppsala and Växjö/Linné universities. His research interests are the relationship between interpretations of Islam and modern science, Muslims in Europe, contemporary practices and interpretations in Sufism and Islamist movements. Professor Stenberg’s study of Islam and Muslims is driven by an interest to analyze processes concerning the conceptualization of ”Islam” in various contexts.

Earlier Professor Stenberg used to teach several courses in the MA-program at CMES, especially the elective course on religion and society.   

Dr. Stenberg currently works as a Professor and Director of the Aga Khan University - Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London.


Books (3)
Editorships (7)
Articles (12)
Book chapters (23)
Conference contributions (2)
Reports (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (9)
Newspaper articles (10)
Miscellaneous (7)
Supervision at Lund University (5)

Visiting address

Finngatan 16
223 62 Lund


Islam, Muslims, modern science, Islamism and Sufism.