About

Jonas Yunus Atlas is a Belgian scholar who writes and lectures on religion, mysticism and societal change. This website collects his texts, op-eds, essays and books.

Though rooted within the Christian tradition, J.Y. Atlas immersed himself into various other traditions from Buddhism to Islam. After his studies in philosophy, anthropology and theology at different universities he thus became active in different forms of local and international peace work.

Jonas Yunus Atlas is a pseudonym, which Jonas uses for his English writings. His dutch writings can be found on www.jonasslaats.net.

A few years ago, he initiated the 'Halal Monk' project. The goal of this project is to revive the tradition of encounters and debates between monks, preachers and artists of different faiths. Halal Monk does so through conversations with influential spiritual leaders, academics and artists of the islamic world as well as through personal reflections on a series of Qur'an verses. These conversations on culture, society and religion with people like Imam Feisal, Kudsi Erguner, Amina Wadud, Aki Nawaz, Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad, Abida Parveen and many others can be found on www.halalmonk.com.

J.Y. Atlas is also a board member of the the European branch of URI (United Religions Initiative), a worldwide network of interreligious grass roots organisations and of Kif Kif the largest anti-racist movement in Belgium.