Noor Cultural Centre

Partnership with York Univeristy

With a gift of $1 million from Toronto’s Lakhani family, York University has established the university’s first Chair in Islamic Studies to meet the growing demand for courses and scholarly research on Islam.

The Chair is called the Noor Chair in Islamic Studies in honour of Noor Cultural Centre, founded by the Lakhani family.

“We are truly grateful to the Lakhani family for their vision with this generous gift. The Noor Chair in Islamic Studies will allow York to bring a dedicated scholar in the field of Islamic studies to our students,” says Dr. Lorna Marsden, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University.

Originally posted on the York University website; please visit York’s website for the full story.

Noor Chairs and Fellows at York University

Previous Chairs

2006/07 | Dr. George Sawa

2007/08 | Dr. Timothy Gianotti

2008/09 – 2010/11 | Dr. Ruba Kana’an 

2012/2013-2014/2015 | Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo

Previous Fellows

2003/04 – 2005/06 | Dr. Amila Buturovic

2008/09 – 2009/10 | Dr. Timothy Gianotti



The York-Noor Lecture Series

The York-Noor Lecture Series is a partnership between York University and Noor Cultural Centre. Scholars are invited to Toronto to share their research both with the Noor community as well as with students and academics at York University.

2014-2015 York-Noor Lecture Series