Professor Walid Saleh was recently featured in the U of T Magazine, with a story on his research into medieval Arabic translations of the Bible. Journalist John Lorinc explains how Professor Saleh got started on this research: “When Saleh was researching commentaries about the Qur’an some years ago, he stumbled across the writings of a 15th-century Islamic scholar who had become fascinated by a translation of the Bible into Arabic. The medieval scholar had befriended a rabbi who helped him understand the original Hebrew text. The scholar, in turn, wrote impassioned and controversial treatises on how the Bible could be used to interpret the Qur’an.”
Last year, Professor Saleh was one of the first two Canadians to receive the highly competitive New Directions Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. He has spent this year studying the history of the Bible in the Islamic religious imagination, beginning with intensive training in Jewish studies and Biblical Hebrew in order to investigate Islamic interactions with the Bible.