Abdessamad Belhaj earned a PhD in Islamic studies at the University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco (2001) and a second PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (2008). Between 2005 and 2014, he was a lecturer at the Catholic University of Péter Pázmany and a researcher at the Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies. In 2011, he obtained the János Bolyai fellowship at the Hungarian academy of sciences for three years. Since 2012, he is a visiting lecturer in Islamic studies at the Catholic University of Louvain. In 2014, he joined the MTA-SZTE Research Group on Religious Culture as a researcher. He was invited twice as a fellow by the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and societies (2010 and 2014). In 2015, he was hired by the Catholic University of Louvain as a researcher in the new established chair on Contemporary Islam. In 2016, he joined the Academy of Finland as a research fellow. He is also a guest lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Strasbourg and at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels.