(PhD Leiden University 1991) is Full Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Previously he was full professor of Religious Studies, in particular Islam, at Radboud University Nijmegen and associate professor and Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Arts (KNAW) at Leiden University.
His research focuses on religious diversity and minority groups, in particular Muslims and Jews, in the history of Europe and the Middle East. He has taught a wide variety of courses and is at the moment responsible for the Theories and Methods Course in the Religious Studies Research Master programme.
Gerard Wiegers holds visiting research fellowships at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid and the Center for Religious Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of books series in the field, among which the Numen Book Series, and has directed research projects funded by private and public funding organisations.
In the last few years he was a PI in the HERA funded project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (2013-2016) and Project Leader of the NWO funded project Delicate Relations. Muslims and Jews in London and Amsterdam (2014-2019). At present he is as a researcher involved in the ERC Synergy Project The European Qur’an (2019-2025) and as researcher and supervisor in the Marie Curie ITN project Mediating Islam in the Digital Age (MIDA, 2019-2024) (https://www.itn-mida.org/).