The Negotiation of Modernity through Tradition In Contemporary Muslim Intellectual Discourse: The Neo-Ghazalian, Attasian Perspective

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Shafi'e meeting room, level 1, IRK building (beside library)

H.A. Hellyer is Fellow of the University of Warwick (UK) and Director of the Visionary Consultants Group (VCG) (Egypt/UK) a Muslim world – West consultancy. A United Nations ‘Global Expert’, Dr Hellyer’s research interests include Muslim world – West relations, the interaction between Islam and modernity, and the dynamics of Muslim Western communities. Formerly of the Brookings Institution (USA) with extensive policy experience with the British and American government establishments, Dr. Hellyer was previously Visiting Professor at the Law Department at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia).

He received degrees in Law and International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, before completing a multi-disciplinary PhD at the University of Warwick on the subject of Islam in Europe; he has also lived and travelled extensively in the Muslim world, studying with noted authorities in fiqh, kalam and tasawwuf.

Widely published in academic journals and presses, he is a regular commentator in mediums such as the Guardian (UK), the Washington Post (USA), the National (UAE), the Daily Beast (USA) and speaks to forums such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Azhar University in Cairo and the BBC Doha Debates.

As a guest of HAKIM, Dr Hellyer will speak on his recent work “The Negotiation of Modernity through Tradition in Contemporary Muslim Intellectual Discourse: The Neo-Ghazalian, Attasian Perspective”, written with the Oxford University don and Malay ‘alim, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti.