Professor Saleh studied at the American University of Beirut (BA, 1989) and at Yale University (Ph.D. 2001). He is a specialist on the Qur’an, Tafsir and Islamic intellectual history. He has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, a New Directions Mellon Foundation recipient, and a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at LMU in Munich.
Ph.D. 2001 Yale University
M.A. 1996 Yale University
B.A. 1989 American University in Beirut
- History of Quranic commentaries (tafsir)
- Muslim-Jewish, Muslim-Christian Interactions
- The Bible in Islam
- Arabic Mirabilia Literature
- History of the Book in the Arab world
- Apocalyptic Islamic Literature
2007 – present: Associate Professor – Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
2002 – 2007: Assistant Professor – Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
1999 – 2002: Assistant Professor – Middlebury College (Vermont)
RLG 350H1F: The Life of Muhammad
NMC 2055H: The Qur’an and its Interpretation
NMC 2056H: Readings in Qur’an and Tafsir
- “The Psalms in the Qur’an and the Islamic Tradition.” In Oxford Handbook of the Psalms, William P. Brown (ed.), Oxford University Press.
- “Heaven in an Islamic ‘aja’ib Work: Bahjat al-naziri wa-ayat-al mustadillin of Mar‘i (d.1033/1624),” in Sebastian Gunther’s Heaven in Islamic Imagination.
- “The Introduction of al-Basit of al-Wahidi (d.468/1076),” in The Proceedings of the Qur’an Conference at the Institute of Islmaili Studies.
- “The Bible in Islam,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible, Stephen Chapman (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “Reflections on Muslim Hebraism: Codex Vindobonensis Palatinus and al-Biqa’i,” in A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History, ed. by Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Karla Mallette. Toronto: Toronto University Press.
- “An Islamic Diatessaron: al-Biqa’i’s Harmony of the Four Gospels,” in Translating the Bible into Arabic: Historical, Text-Critical and Literary Aspects, ed. by Sara Biney and Stefan Leder, Würzburg: Egon-Verlag. Co-written with Kevin Casey.
- “Marginalia and the Periphery: A Tunisian Modern Historian and the History of Qur’an Exegesis.” Numen 58: 284-313.
- “Preliminary Remarks on the Historiography of Tafsir in Arabic: A History of the Book Approach.” Journal of Qur’anic Studies 12: 6-40.
- “Word.” Pp. 356-376 in Twenty-One Words in Islam, Jamal Elias (ed.), Oxford: Oneworld Publications.
- “The Arabian Context of Muhammad’s Life.” Pp. 21-38 in The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad, Jonathan Brockopp (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “Ibn Taymiyyah and the Rise of Radical Hermeneutics: An Analysis of “An Introduction to the Foundation of Quranic Exegesis”.” Pp. 123-162 in Ibn Taymiyyah and His Times, Shahab Ahmed and Yossef Rapport (eds.), Oxford University Press.
- “The Etymological Fallacy and Quranic Studies: Muhammad, Paradise and Late Antiquity.” Pp. 649-698 in The Qur’an in Context, Angelika Neuwirth el al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill.
- In Defence of the Bible: A Critical Edition and an Introduction to al-Biqa’i’s bible Treatise. Leiden: Brill.
- “A Fifteenth-Century Muslim Hebraist: Al-Biqai’s Bible Treatise and His Defence of Using the Bible to Interpret Qur’an.” Speculum 83: 629-654.
- “Sublime in Its Style, Exquisite in Its Tenderness: ‘The Hebrew Bible Quotations in al-Biqai’s Qur’an Commentary’.” Pp. 331-347 in Adaptations and Innovations, Tzvi Langermann and Josef Stern (eds.), Paris-Louvain: Peeters.
- “Hermeneutics: al-Tha`labi.” Pp. 323-337 in The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an, Andrew Rippin (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell.
- “The Last of the Nishapuri School of Tafsir: Al-Wahidi and his Significance in the History of Quranic Exegesis.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 126: 223-243.
- “Tafsir.” Pp. 706-708 in Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, Vol.2., Josef W. Meri (ed.), London: Routledge.
- The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition: The Qur’an Commentary of al-Tha`labi (d. 427/1035). Leiden: Brill.
- “In Search of a Comprehensible Qur’an: A Survey of Some Recent Scholarly Works.” Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies 5: 143-162.