Hartford Seminary prof looks at Ottoman puritanism at next York-Noor lecture

Yahya Michot, a professor in the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations of the Hartford Seminary, will give two talks as part of the 2009-2010 York-Noor Lecture Series.

The first talk, “The Image of God in Humanity: A Muslim Approach”, will take place Sunday, March 7, from 3 to 5pm at the Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Dr. (Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue).  The second, “Ottoman Puritanism and Ahmad al-Rûmî al-Aqhisârî, from Turkey to India" will take place Monday, March 8,  from 11:30am to 2:30pm in the Vanier Senior Common Room, 010 Vanier College, Keele campus.

Left: Yahya Michot

Michot is the current editor of The Muslim World journal. From 1981 to 1997, he taught Arabic philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and from 1998 to 2008, Islamic theology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

He has published several books and articles about Islamic classical thought and European Muslims. He is author of Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims under non-Muslim Rule (Interface Publications, 2006) and Musulman en Europe (Jeunesse sans frontières, 2002), and a contributor to the Arabic edition and translation of Avicenne: Réfutation de l’astrologie (Albouraq, 2006).

He has served as a consultant to various universities, international organizations and official administrations. From 1995 to 1998, he was president of the Higher Council of Muslims in Belgium. He has had a long commitment to interfaith dialogue.

For more information on the York-Noor Lecture Series, visit the Noor Cutlural Centre Web site.