Dr Walid Saleh received his BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University in Beirut. His interest in these two topics still animates his research, and he is a close follower of modern Arabic poetry. He then went on to receive both his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University. In addition to his doctoral studies at Yale University, where he studied the Qur'an and its exegesis in medieval Islamic Civilization, Dr Saleh has also studied at Hamburg University. His first teaching appointment was at Middlebury College. He currently is Assistant Professor of Religion, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.

Dr Saleh has published several articles on the Qur'an which have appeared in the Journal of the American Oriental Society and Bulletin of the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies. He also has contributions in the series Texts ad Studies on the Qur'an and Myth, Historical Archetypes and Symbolic Figures in Arabic Literature. He delivers lectures throughout North America. Dr Saleh was a Rockefeller Fellow in 2004 and currently holds a Fellowship with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.