Harvard professor to deliver York Noor Lecture on Sufism post-9/11

Harvard University Professor Farid Esack will present the next instalment of the York Noor Lecture Series. Esack’s lecture, titled "Sufism as a Multi-Edged Sword in a Post-Modern and Post 9/11 World", will take place Monday, March 3, from noon to 2pm, in the Vanier College Senior Common Room, 010 Vanier College, on York’s Keele campus.

Right: Farid Esack

Esack is a South African Muslim theologian who cut his teeth in the South African struggle for liberation. He studied in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and Germany and is the author of several books, including Qu’ran, Liberation and Pluralism, On Being a Muslim: An Introduction to the Qu’ran and Islam, HIV & AIDS – Reflections Based on Compassion, Responsibility, and Justice. He has published on Islam, gender, liberation theology, interfaith relations and Qur’anic hermeneutics.

Esack served as a commissioner for gender equality in South Africa and has taught at the University of Western Cape, South Africa; University of Hamburg, Germany; The College of William & Mary, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary, New York; and Xavier University, Ohio. He is currently the Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Visiting Professor of Contemporary Islam at Harvard University.

The lecture is free and open to members of the York community.