Emilio Platti is Italo-Belgian and splits his time between Leuven and Cairo.
After his Dominican training at the Saint Thomas Institute in Leuven, he studied theology and Oriental studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1972, he joined IDEO where he prepared his PhD in literature under the supervision of Fr. Anawati (Cairo) and Pr. Van Roey (Leuven). This PhD was the source to the publication of many works about the Jacobite theologian and philosopher Yaḥyā b. ʿAdī and about the Arab Christian medieval heritage.
From 1980 to 2010, he taught at KULeuven, at UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve), at US Thomas (Manila) and at the Catholic Institute of Paris. His teachings focus on the relationships between Christianism and Islam. He is now Professor Emeritus from KU Leuven. He gives courses and lectures in the field of Christian-Muslim relations.
A member of IDEO, he stays in Cairo every year and takes part in the activities of the Institute. He published several books among which Islam… vreemd? (Averbode, Leuven, 1996), Islam, van nature een vijand? (Averbode, Leuven, 2003), its English translation Islam, friend or foe? (Peeters, Louvain-Paris-Dudley, MA; W.B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2008) and L’islamisme (Fidélité, Paris-Namur, 2016). Between 2008 and 2015, he was the publishing director of MIDÉO.
Emilio Platti is a member of the Union of European Arabists and Islamicists, of the Belgian Society for Oriental Studies, and of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Islam in the contemporary World (UCL). He is still in charge at the KULeuven, as a professor emeritus.
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