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Dr. Abdelilah Ljamai

Abdelilah Ljamai

Universitair docent Islam & Humanisme

Abdelilah Ljamai is an Associate Professor at the University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht, The Netherlands. Areas: anthropology of religion and psychology.






wetenschappelijk personeel, Leerstoel Humanisme en Filosofie


Teaching Experience

Since 2010          Associate professor, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, the Netherlands
                            Humanism and Islam, Resilience and De-radicalization


2009                    University Lecturer, the Erasmus Academy, Brussels
                            Cultural Anthropology, Worldviews

2006-2008          University Lecturer, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands 

Master’s in Intercultural, Worldviews and Interreligious Dialogue


2006                    University Lecturer, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands 

Spirituality of Islam, Islamic psychology


2002-2005           University Lecturer and researcher, University of Tilburg, the Netherlands

Islamic movements in the West


1995-2005           University Lecturer, the Holland Academy, Diemen, the Netherlands

Alienation in the contemporary encounter of Western culture and Islam, Anthropology, and Psychology


1995-2000           Research Assistant, University of Tilburg, Medieval and Early Modern Iberia


Current Research
§  Ljamai, Abdelilah, Rethinking the environmental awareness in the works of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

§  Ljamai, Abdelilah, Rethinking the relationship between islamophobia and Islamic radicalism within the Dutch context 

 Ljamai Abdelilah, The theological and political debate about jihadism according to Sayyid Qutb and Ibn Taymiyya


 ·   Ljamai, A. & Beck, H. (1997). The Imam and his Education in Pluralistic Holland: So many Heads, so many Sentences. In Karl-Wilhelm Merks and Nico Schreurs (ed.), The Passion of a Frontier Worker, Theology on the eve of the third millennium. Baarn, 302-315.
  ·  Ljamai, A. (2003). Ibn Hazm et la polémique islamo-chrétienne dans l'histoire de l’islam. The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World 17, Brill, Leiden. 
·   Ljamai, A., Canatan, K., and Oudijk, C. (2003). The Social Role of the Rotterdam Mosques. Centre for Research and Statistics, Rotterdam. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2003). Educational Skills. Utrecht: GG&GD. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2004). Imams in Text and Context: Sermons of Muslims in the Netherlands. Meinema, Zoetermeer. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2005). Introduction to the Study of the Qur’an: Legislative History and Methods of Quranic Exegesis. Meinema, Zoetermeer. 
·   Ljamai, A., & Sini, M. (2002). Dealing with Power in Islam from the Vision of al-Mawardi (d. 450/1058). In Islam and the West. Colliding Religions- Theological Visions on Power in Islam and Christianity. Kampen, 146-151. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2007). Alienship in Islam. In The Meaning of the Stranger for Religious Identity. Antwerp readings. Workgroup Church and Israel, North Brabant and Limburg (PKN), Narratio, 24-26. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2007). Alienation in Context: the Meaning of Alienation in the Contemporary Encounter of Western Culture and Islam. In The Meaning of the Stranger for Religious Identity. Ibid, 39-43. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2007). Qur’an between Sacredness and Danger. In Bible and Koran. Books between Sacredness and Danger. Faculty Catholic Theology, Utrecht. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2009). Islam, Traditions and Notions of Form in Connection with Muslims in the Netherlands’ in It is Culture, I Believe. 15 articles about misunderstandings around religion and culture of Muslims in the Netherlands.(eds). T. Visser, M. Baracs, A. Dijk). LIVN- Falstaff Media, Alkmaar, 39-46. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2011). Discomfort among a Vulnerable Group in Amsterdam. In Humanism Journal no. 45, 12th year, 35-40. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2011). Review of Imams Behind Bars. Case Study of Islamic Spiritual Care in Dutch Prisons with Building Blocks for a Professional Profile. In Humanism Journal no. 46,   12th year, 93-96. 
·   Ljamai, A. (2012). The interpretation of the Qur'an: between Submission and Responsibility.  In M. Ajouaou, E. Borgman, and P. Valkenburg (eds.), Islam in the Netherlands: Theological Contributions in Times of Secularization. Amsterdam: Boom, 99–120.  

·  Ljamai, A. (2016). Sacrifice & Islamic identity. In J. Duyndam, A.J.A.C.M. Korte & M.J.H.M. Poorthuis (Eds.), Sacrifice in Modernity: Community, Ritual, Identity. From Nationalism and Nonviolence to Health Care and Harry Potter Vol. 22. Studies in theology and religion. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 221-229. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2012). Relationship Between Islam and Humanism.In The Journal of the Levinas Society. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2015). Humanistic thought in the Islamic world of the Middle Ages. In A. Copson & A.C. Grayling (Eds.), Handbook of Humanism II Diverse Manifestations. UK: Wiley, 153-170. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2015). Privatization of Religion. In G. Coene & M. Van den Bosche (ed.). Freedom of Religion, VUBPress, 179-202. 
·  Ljamai, A. (2017). Al-Hasan al-Basri. In M. Poorthuis & L. Ten Kate (Eds), with the cooperation of A. Ljamai, W. Boender, M. Elbers and M. Op De Coul and Rinse Reeling Brouwer, 25 Centuries of Theology.  Amsterdam: Boom, 200-204.

  ·  Ljamai, A. (2017). Al-Jubai. Ibid, 227-231.
·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Ibn Hazm. Ibid, 238-242.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Al-Tusi. Ibid, 315-319.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Al-Wansharisi. Ibid, 377-381.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Mohamad Iqbal. Ibid, 595-600.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Sayyed Qutb. Ibid, 666-670.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Husayn Fadl Allah. Ibid, 689-693.

·   Ljamai, A. (2017). Al-Juwayni. Ibid, 243-247.  

·  Ljamai, A. (2017). Het debat over humanisme en islam binnen de westerse context. Waardenwerk, Journal of Humanistic Studies, 69, 129-136. (

·  Ljamai, A. (2017). Het debat over humanisme en islam binnen de westerse context. Waardenwerk, Journal of Humanistic Studies, 70-71, 221-223.

·  Ljamai, A. (2019). Het onderwijs bevordert de pluralistische samenleving. Waardenwerk, 78- 79, 153-157.
·  Ljamai, A. (2020). Feelings of anxiety among radical Muslim youths in the Netherlands: A Psychological Exploration. Archive for the Psychology of religion, Vol 42(3), 335-358.

·  Ljamai, A. (2021). Ecologisch bewustzijn in de islam: De islamitische milieu-ethiek heroverwogen. In B. van den Berg & L. Mock (redactie), Zorg voor de aarde, herstel van de wereld. Levensbeschouwelijke reacties op de ecologische crisis. Uitgeverij Amphora, 146-185.
·  Ljamai, A. (2022). Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In M. Poorthuis, & W. Veen (Eds.), De Moderne theologen. Perspectieven op de 21 eeuw. Boom, 309-317.

Research Portal University of Humanistic Studies


This is an overview of his most important fields of expertise.

1. Anthropology of Religion (especially in the context of Comparative Religious in worldviews Studies)
2. Psychology, especially in the areas of cognitive psychology, development of personality Traits and Emotional Intelligence.
3. Psychological and Anthropological Assessments (PAA).
3. Methodology, especially the development of methods and curricula for academic institutions (Amsterdam, Tilburg, Brussels and Utrecht universities)
4. Humanism, especially the intellectual interaction between Islam and Humanism.
5. Development of several programs such as: Behavioral Change Program (BCP), De-radicalization Program for Muslim Youths, Developing New Leaders, Corporate and Transformational Leadership, Japanese Speed Reading, Education skills, Critical thinking, Strategic thinking and Planning, Orphans and Volunteers programs.
6. Senior trainer, coach and strategic consultant in the following fields:
Dynamics of strategic analysis, Executive leadership development, Future planning & Scenario-based strategy, Transformology program, Health & Safety behavior, Environmental awareness, Corporate values, Operational excellence, Education, Talent youth transformation, Business-related challenges (Recruitment & Selection), Working with stories
Ljamai is certified as trainer, coach and consultant from The Canadian Institute of Stress and of the Hans Selye Foundation (Vital Organization Program)
Outside of teaching at the university, he is since 2006 the founder and developer of TransformingTool which is based on scientific behavior theories:


Ljamai doceert voor bachelor opleiding, pre-master en master humanistiek en Graduate School. Hij is examinator van bachelor scripties en begeleider voor bachelor-scripties, pre-master-thesis en masterscripties. Hij is ook lid van promotiecommissies. Hij is lid van leerstoel humanism  and Social Resilience.  

Lidmaatschappen en functies

Ljamai is advisor in the areas of psychological, social, cultural and religious issues in the Muslim community. He is  also very active and involved in various organizations and institutions:
·   Since 2016 Board member of the NTR Media World.

·  Since 2019 Board member of Emoena Leadership Project, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
·  Since 2020 Review Board member of the International Journal Archive for the psychology of religion.
·  Since 2020 Member of Ethics Review Board at University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands.