Leon Buskens

Professor Dr. Léon P. H. M. Buskens

Current Post: 
Professor of Law and Culture in Muslim Societies at Leiden University Director of Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS)

  • BA and MA cultural anthropology, University of Nijmegen
  • PhD at Leiden University (1993)
  • Director of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS)

Cooperation with the Europaeum: 

  • Speaker at Summer School on Islam in Europe, The Hague (2004)
  • Speaker and Coordinator at Oxford Study Day Otherness and Islamophobia (2005)
  • Speaker and Coordinator at Bologna workshop Islam, and European Citizenship (2006)
  • Coordinator of Islam and Muslim Societies and its Social Values, Spring 2012 in Rabat, Morocco
  • Article in Review Magazine, 2007: http://www.europaeum.org/europaeum/?q=node/354

Teaching and Research Interests: 

  • Culture, law and Islam in contemporary Middle Eastern societies
  • Islamic and customary law, with an emphasis on Morocco and Indonesia
  • Anthropology of the Muslim world
  • History of the Western study of Islamic law


Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 108 B
+31 (0)71 527 2013
+31 (0)71 527 7260


Understanding Muslims as citizens of Europe


Senior scholars and young researchers met in Bologna to locate the place of Muslims in European societies. LEON BUSKENS reviews the debates.

Europaeum has sponsored several scholarly meetings and seminars on Islam-in-Europe during past years. On two days last November, an international workshop on Islam and Citizenship in Europe was held in Bologna, coordinated by Dr Ruba Salih, well-known for her research on Moroccan immigrants in Italy and on multiculturalism and gender.