SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- French Quran translator and interpreter Yahya Bono will take part in the Islamic Unity Conference planned to be held on the sideline of the International Holy Quran Competition for Muslim Students.
He will deliver a speech at the conference on “Islamic Unity, Opportunities and Challenges in View of the Quran”, which is slated for Friday, January 2, in Tehran.
Professor Bono will also serve as a jury panel member of the competition’s Quranic papers sections.
The 5th International Holy Quran Competition for Muslim Students will be held at Tehran’s Milad Tower on January 1-5.
Bono was born into a Catholic French family in the German city of Freiburg in 1957. He lived in Germany and Algeria until the age of 10 and then moved to the French city of Strasburg.
He got interested in oriental religions and started studying works on these religions, making trips to different countries like Spain, Morocco, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.
He then studied the works of French Muslim philosopher Rene Guenon and inspired by his works embraced Islam in 1979.
Bono got his PhD from the French University of Sorbonne in 1995. His dissertation titled “Theology in Imam Khomeini’s Philosophical and Mystical works” was selected as the research of the year in 1999. When working on his thesis, Bono travelled to Iran and studied Islamic philosophy and mysticism with Sayyed Jalal Ashtiani in Mashhad.
Due to his deep devotion to Imam Reza (AS), Bono lived in Mashhad for 15 years and was recognized as a servant of Imam Reza (AS) in 2001.