born 1963, has a doctorate as a Historian of Religion with a concentration on Islam. From 2005 to 2008 he worked at the Carsten Niebuhr Institute. He was head of the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo and since 2008 has taught as a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen, where his heads the New Islamic Public Sphere Program. His research focuses on Arabic media, Islam and Islamic law. Skovgaard-Petersen lives in Copenhagen.