Dr. Abdulla Galadari

Dr. Abdulla Galadari

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences


Email:   abdulla.galadari@ku.ac.ae


I can, honestly, say that I never worked a single day in my life, because everything I do is a passion. I enjoy inspiring people to look at horizons they previously were reluctant to glimpse.


I am insane, but do not suffer from insanity, as I enjoy every moment of it.

  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • M.Sc., University of Colorado
  • M.Eng., University of Colorado
  • B.Sc., University of Colorado
  • B.Sc., University of Colorado
  • Islam & Modernity
  • Islamic History
  • Islam and Science
  • Qur’anic Studies
  • Comparative Religion
  • Middle East Studies

Research is an oxymoron, because we are not re-searching something that was already searched, but doing a completely new and innovative search. Abdulla’s kind of research is the one that seeks to question commonly held understandings through deep critical inquiry.


Abdulla’s research focuses on Qur’anic studies and hermeneutics, especially in the intertextuality between the Qur’an and Biblical literature, as well as comparative theology, comparative religion, and the intersection between science and religion. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, often combining science, such as neuropsychology, linguistics, and religious studies.


Abdulla presents his research in many international conferences and forums, and is invited to present seminars at various international universities. He is also a registered mediator. This skill and experience allows him to objectively mediate between science and religion, as well as between different religious traditions and theology. As such, he is active in inter-religious dialogue.

  • Galadari, A. (2018) Qur’anic Hermeneutics: Between Science, History, and the Bible, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Galadari, A. (2018) “The Camel Passing through the Eye of the Needle: A Qur’anic Interpretation of the Gospels,” Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 55: 77-89.
  • Galadari, A. (2017) “Creatio ex Nihilo and the Literal Qur’an,” Intellectual Discourse, 25(2): 381-408.
  • Galadari, A. (2015) “Taqlīd al-Ijtihād Paradox: Challenges to Qur’anic Hermeneutics,” Al-Bayān: Journal of Qur’ān and Ḥadīth Studies, 13(2): 145-167.
  • Galadari, A. (2013) “The Qibla: An Allusion to the Shemaʿ,” Comparative Islamic Studies, 9(2): 165-194.

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