A. Saleh is a Professor at the University of Toronto specializing in Islamic Studies, with appointments in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizaitons. He got his B.A. from the American University of Beirut and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Professor Saleh is a specialist on the Qur’an and the history of its interpretation. He has published two monographs, The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition (2004) and In Defense of the Bible (2008). He is the author of dozens of articles on the history of Qur’an, Qur’anic interpretation and Islamic apocalyptic literature. Professor Saleh has won many awards, including a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, SSHRC grant; recently he won the Konrad Adenauer Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Professor Saleh was the first director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto.