Maurits Berger

Senior Research Associate



  • Middle East & North Africa

Expertise: Islamic law; Islam in Europe; Islam and democracy.

Maurits Berger is Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. He combines his work at Clingendael with his position at Leiden University, where he is Professor of Islam in the West. He is currently working on research on the role of Islam in Europe, Islamic law and Islam in international relations.

Prior to his work at Clingendael and Leiden, he worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam, and was researcher and journalist in Egypt and Syria for seven years. He graduated in  1991 from Utrecht University with an LLM in Law and an MA in Arabic Studies. In 2005 he received his PhD on Public Policy and Sharia from the University  of Amsterdam. His expertise is Islamic law (Sharia) and political Islam. He is the author of numerous publications on these subjects.