Walid A. Saleh is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has a B.A. from the American University of Beirut. His Ph.D. was from Yale University. His first teaching appointment was at Middlebury College in Vermont. Saleh has published on the Qurʾān, Tafsīr and Islamic literatures. He is the author of two monographs. His monograph The formation of the classical tafsīr tradition (Brill, 2004) is the first extensive study of al-Ṯaʿlabī’s (d. 427/1035) Qurʾān commentary al-Kašf wa-l-bayān ʿan tafsīr al-Qurʾān. His second monograph In defense of the Bible (Brill, 2008), is an edition and a study of al-Biqāʿī’s (d. 885/1480) Bible treatise al-Aqwal al-qawīma fī ḥukm al-naql min al-kutub al-qadīma.
Professor Saleh has dozens of articles on the history of Tafsīr and on the study of the Qurʾān. He has been slowly charting the history of Tafsīr through specialized articles that tackle specific periods in Islamic history. Saleh has also published on the Ḥāšiya in Tafsīr and is finishing a study on al-Bayḍāwī (d. 685/1286).
Professor Saleh has been visiting Egypt since 1996. He became associated with IDEO since 2004.