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Arnold Mol

PhD candidate / lecturer Philosophy

A.J.W. Mol
+31 71 527 2727

My research revolves around philosophy, intellectual history and Islamic studies, and broad subjects surrounding the humanities i.e., philosophy of religions and worldviews, religious studies, hermeneutics, and ethics.

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My research and teaching revolves around Islamic thought, philosophy of religion, comparative worldviews, intellectual history, and ethics. 

  • Islamic intellectual history, Islamic philosophy and theology, Māturīdīsm, Islamic exegetical history (tafsīr studies)
  • Philosophy of religions and worldviews, philosophical and theological anthropology, moral philosophy, religion and human rights discourse
  • Religious studies, beliefs and extremism, religion and terrorism studies

Supervisors: Prof. dr. A.F. de Jong en Dr. A. Bdaiwi


Arnold (Yasin) Mol is Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher in Islam and Comparative Philosophy at Leiden University Institute for Philosophy and Leiden University Center for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), and Associate Fellow at Leiden University Center for the Islamic Thought and History (LUCITH). He is Lecturer in Comparative Theology and Philosophy at the Islamic University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam (IUASR) and Coordinator of its Research Institute. He is also Researcher at the healthcare NGO Landelijk Steunpunt Extremisme (LSE, Dutch National Center for Extremism).

His doctoral research is on the concept of human nature i.e., theo-philosophical anthropology, in early Islamic thought with a special focus on the dialectical theology (Kalām) of Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī (333/944) and his school. Through this research he is formulating the specialized field of Kalāmic anthropology within the discipline of comparative world philosophies (see here). His research interests and teaching revolves around Islamic thought, philosophy of religion, comparative worldviews, intellectual history, and ethics.

He has multiple publications on the subjects of Islamic intellectual history, Islamic theology, tafsīr studies, Islamic ethics, human rights discourse, Islamic reformism and extremism, and religious studies (including Brill, Oxford University Press, Routledge, De Gruyter, ABC-Clio, Journal of Islamic Ethics, Al-Bayan Journal of Quran and Hadith Studies, Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies, Al-Burhan Journal of Quran and Sunnah Studies), and has provided and organized talks, consultations, and lectures at multiple universities, (non-)governmental organizations, international institutes and conferences (including Erasmus University, Osnabrück University, Freiburg University, Georgetown University, Oxford University, Vrije Universiteit, ISAR Istanbul, Oxford University etc.), and is a frequent public speaker in local and international media.

Teaching activities

I teach at the Institute for Philosophy in subjects surrounding Islamic thought, philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, and extremism, including the courses Islamic Thought: Past and PresentComparative Philosophy II: Topics, Medieval Philosophy: An Introduction, Arabic Philosophy: An Introduction, Avicennian Metaphysics, and Extremism in a Global Context.


PhD candidate / lecturer Philosophy

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • LUCSoR

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden



  • Islamic University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam (IUASR) Lecturer and Program Coordinator
  • Landelijk Steunpunt Extremisme (LSE) Research Consultant Religion and Theology
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