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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.






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Teaching Experience:
1995-2000    : Research Assistant, University of Tilburg, Medieval and Early Modern Iberia.
1995-2005    : University Lecturer, the Holland Academy, Diemen, Alienation in the contemporary encounter of Western culture and Islam, anthropology of religion and Islamic psychology.
2002-2005    : University Lecturer and researcher, University of Tilburg, Islamic movement in the West, Legislative history of the Qu’ran.
2006             : University Lecturer, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Spirituality of Islam.
2006-2008    : University Lecturer, University of Utrecht, Master’s in World Religions in Dialogue and Confrontation.
2009             : University Lecturer, the Erasmus Academy, Brussels,  Anthropology of religion.
Since 2010   : Associate professor, Utrecht University: University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht, The Netherlands,  Humanism and Islam, Methodology, Resilience.


Current Research
·         Ljamai, Abdelilah, Psychological Frustrations and Radicalization Processes among Muslim Youth in the Netherlands. This empirical research will be published in 2016.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, Empirical research on the impact of Transformology on the behavior of young people  between 15 and 24 years old. This book will be published in 2017.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, Contemporary Islamic movements in text and context: the religious truth of Muslims in the Netherlands. This book will be published in 2017.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, Complaints and Satisfaction among Muslim Parents in Overvecht-Utrecht, The Netherlands: An Empirical Study. This research will be published at the end 2016.

Selectie publicaties

    Ljamai, Abdelilah, Ibn Hazm et la polémique islamo-chrétienne dans l'histoire de l’islam. The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World 17, Brill, Leiden, 2003.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, Canatan, K. and Oudijk, C., The Social Role of the Rotterdam Mosques. Centre for Research and Statistics, Rotterdam, 2003.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, Educational Skills. Utrecht: GG&GD, 2003.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, Imams in Text and Context: Sermons of Muslims in the Netherlands. Meinema, Zoetermeer, 2004.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, Introduction to the Study of the Qur’an: Legislative History and Methods of Quranic Exegesis. Meinema, Zoetermeer, 2005.
·      Beck, Herman and Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘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, 1997, 302-315.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah and Sini, Mohamed, ‘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, 2002, 146-151.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Alienship in Islam’ in The Meaning of the Stranger for Religious Identity. Antwerp readings 20 February- 21 February 2007. Workgroup Church and Israel, North Brabant and Limburg (PKN), Narratio, 2008, 24-26.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘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, Abdelilah, ‘Qur’an between Sacredness and Danger’ in Bible and Koran. Books between Sacredness and Danger. Faculty Catholic Theology, Utrecht, 2007.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘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.(ed. T. Visser, M. Baracs, A. Dijk). LIVN- Falstaff Media, Alkmaar, 2009, 39-46.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Discomfort among a Vulnerable Group in Amsterdam’ in Humanism Journal no. 45, 12th year in April / May 2011, 35-40.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘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 in July 2011, 93-96.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘The interpretation of the Qur'an: between Submission and Responsibility’ in Islam in the Netherlands. Boom Publishers, 2012.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, The Ring of the Dove in the Context of the Islamic Presence in Europe in Breaches and Bridges in the History of European Spirituality. 3rd International Conference of Identity in the Making. (This article will be published in 2016).
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Sacrifice & Islamic Identity’ in The Actual Fascination of Sacrifice. This book will be released in the STAR series of NOSTER, Brill, 2016. 
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Relationship Between Islam and Humanism’ in The Journal of the Levinas Society, 2012.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Radicalization Process among Muslim Youth in The Netherlands: A Psychological Exploration.’ This article will be published in 2016.  
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Humanistic thought in the Islamic world of the Middle Ages’ in The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism. Edited by Andrew Copson & A.C. Grayling, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 153-170.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Privatization of Religion’  in Freedom of Religion, Gily Coene & Marc Van den Bosche (ed.). VUBPress, 2015, 179-202.
·      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Al-Hasan al-Basri’ in  25 Centuries of Theology, (Eds.) Marcel Poorthuis, Laurens ten Kate, with the cooperation of Abdelilah Ljamai, Welmoet Boender, Mirjam Elbers, Michiel Op De Coul and Rinse Reeling Brouwer. Boom, Amsterdam, 2015-2016.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Al-Jubai’, Ibid
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Ibn Hazm’, Ibid.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Al-Tusi’, Ibid.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Al-Wansharisi’, Ibid
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Mohamad Iqbal’, Ibid.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Sayyed Qutb’, Ibid.
·        Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Husayn Fadl Allah’, Ibid.
      Ljamai, Abdelilah, ‘Al-Juwayni’, Ibid.   

selection of publications


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

1. Anthropology of Religion (especially in the context of Comparative Religious Studies)
2. Psychology, especially in the areas of development of the personality, Transformology, psychological and anthropological assessment (PAA).
3. Methodology, especially the development of methods and curricula for academic institutions, including Amsterdam, Tilburg, Brussels and Utrecht universities.
4. Humanism, especially the intellectual interaction between Islam and Humanism.
5. Development of several programs such as: Transformology, De-radicalization of Youth, Developing New Leaders, Effective Leadership, Japanese Speed Reading, Education skills, Critical thinking, Strategic thinking, Orphans and Volunteers programs.

6. Trainer, coach and consultant:
- Transformology training programs, in particular: Health & Safety behavior; Environmental awareness; Corporate values; Operational Excellence; Education, Talent, Business-related Challenges (Recruitment & Selection)
- Psychological and Anthropological Assessment: Method and Impact.
- Talented Youth Transformation.
- How can you positively influence the behavior of young people?
- Critical Thinking.
- Strategic Thinking.
- Educational Skills in the Multicultural Society.
- Japanese Speed reading.
- Developing New Leaders.
- Effective Leadership.
- Recognizing and Dealing with Radicalization (for various target groups)
- The Power of Concentration.
- Orphans Program.
- Volunteers Program.
- 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)

Ljamai is the founder and developer of the TransformingTool which is based on scientific behavior theories, the four C’s, and various skills in Transformology (since 2006) See:


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 de coördinator van pre-master humanistiek. Hij is lid van leerstoel humanisme en filosofie (Grondslagen & Methodiek).  

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: 
·      Board member of the approval committee for exams. 
·      Member of the organization Dialogica. 
·      Member of the organization Dialogue of Civilizations.
Member of the foundation Islam and Dialogue.