Dr. Wael Saleh

Senior Fellow - The Political Islam Department

Prof. Wael Saleh is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Studies, the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Canada, and Senior Research Advisor at the Institute of Religious Studies, Montreal University. He obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Political Science with excellence from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Applied Human Science (Political Science and Islamic Studies) with high honors from the University of Montreal, Canada, in 2016.

He is the Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Post-Arab Spring Studies (IEPPA) since May 2017, Associate Researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, UQAM, Canada, since 2013, and Chief Researcher at the Institute of Religious Studies, University of Montreal, Canada.

Prof. Saleh is also the Head of the Research Group on Epistemological and Methodological Challenges in Studies on Violence in the Name of Islam, University Program for the Study of Islam in Europe (PLURIEL), Lyon, France, since 2017. He was elected a member of the board of directors of PLURIEL in 2021.

His published books include Political Islam in the post-Arab Spring Era: Have We Entered the Death-of-Islamism Era? (2017), The Concept of the State in Contemporary Egyptian Thought: Continuities, Changes, and Breaks (2017), and In Search of Modernity of Islam: Contemporary Arab ways (2018). His published papers focus on criticizing and deconstructing the Islamist discourse and its sympathizers, the extremism leading to violence in the name of Islam, and contemporary Arab Islamic thought.

He regularly writes for Al-Ain News, Mominoun Without Borders, and Aswat Online. Prof. Saleh is currently a Visiting Researcher at TRENDS Research & Advisory.