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Arnold Mol

PhD candidate / guest

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

Arnold Mol is a lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy. My research revolves around Religious Studies and Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on the concept of Othering within Islamic exegetical history and ethics.

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My research revolves around Religious Studies and Islamic intellectual history, with a thesis on the concept of Othering within Islamic exegetical history and ethics whereby I look at otherization as a hermeneutic, theology, ethics, and jurisprudence as expressed within the Ottoman tafsīr tradition. Next to this I am interested in subjects surrounding Islam and contemporary thought, ethics and human rights discourse, theology of care, and religion and conflict studies.

  • Islamic intellectual history, Islamic theology and philosophy, Ḥanafī-Māturīdīsm
  • Islamic exegetical history, Tafsīr studies, and Qurʾānic studies
  • Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy of law (uṣūl al-fiqh), Islamic ethics, Islam and human rights discourse
  • Islam and political thought, Islamic international law (siyar), Muslim concepts of the Other, non-Muslim minority regime (aḥkām al-dhimma, millet system)
  • Islamic studies, Ottoman studies, Islam in the west, Muslim minorities
  • Islamic contemporary thought, reformism, and (anti-)extremism
  • Religious studies, comparative religion, conversion theory, hermeneutics, epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion, theodicy, theology of care, spiritual/pastoral care, theological anthropology
  • Political theology, human rights discourse, (global) ethics, moral philosophy and intellectual history
  • Otherization and dehumanization, religion and violence, conflict studies, religion and (violent) extremism, fundamentalism and totalitarianism, terrorism and radicalization studies, ethics and CVE policy.

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


Arnold (Yasin) Mol is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies and Islamic Intellectual History at University of Leiden. He has studied Pastoral Theology at the University of Utrecht and holds a BA in Islamic Studies from University of Leiden (2018). He is the Research Consultant on Religion and Theology of Care at the Dutch National Support Center for Extremism (Dutch abbreviation: LSE) where he researches and lectures on religious studies, religion and violence, psychology of religion, theology of care, religion and mental health, conversion theory, theory of change, intellectual history of extremism, fundamentalism and totalitarianism, otherization and dehumanization, ethics and human rights, conflict studies, rehabilitation and integration, character and value education, terrorist and extremist group participation, (de)radicalization processes, Islamic (anti)extremism, spiritual-and healthcare interventions, and healthcare rights-based approaches and CVE policies. For the center he also provides spiritual care in detention-and healthcare settings, and consultancy on rehabilitation interventions and programs for healthcare and governmental organizations. He is a research assistant at the Institute for the Revival of Traditional Islamic Sciences (IRTIS.org.uk) where he studies seminary Islamic studies and researches on traditional hermeneutics, Muslim minority jurisprudence, global ethics and human rights, Sharīʿa and governance, and Islamic sciences. He is a fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research (YIIR, yaqeeninstitute.org) and a fellow at the British Board of Scholars and Imams (BBSI.org.uk). He has multiple publications on the subjects of Islamic theology, tafsīr studies, ḥadīth studies, Islam and human rights, Islamic reformism/modernism/extremism, and religion and ethics (including Brill, Oxford University Press, De Gruyter, ABC-Clio, Journal of Islamic Ethics), and has provided talks and lectures at multiple governmental organizations, international institutes and conferences (including ISAR, BBSI, Oxford University, CIET, Leiden University, Fahm Instituut, UQSIA, Dutch Theological Society, Osnabrück University, and the Dutch departments of Justice, Social Affairs, and Foreign Affairs). 

Teaching activities

At Leiden he has guest lectured in several courses, including Islam and Philosophy at undergraduate (BA) level.



Other output

Ancillary activities

  • Research Consultant in Religion and Theology of Care, Landelijk Steunpunt Extremisme (Dutch National Support Center for Extremism, LSE) part of healthcare NGO FIER, www.landelijksteunpuntextremisme.nl 
  • Research Assistant, Institute for the Revival of Traditional Islamic Sciences (IRTIS), www.irtis.org.uk
  • Fellow, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research (YIIR), www.yaqeeninstitute.org
  • Fellow, British Board for Scholars and Imams (BBSI), www.BBSI.org.uk
  • Member, International Qurʾānic Studies Association (IQSA), www.IQSAweb.org 

PhD candidate / guest

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

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden



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