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Curriculum Vitaé

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Philosophy and Islamic Studies, The Middle East Technical University (4/24/1996). 

M.A., Islamic Studies, The Middle East Technical University (10/26/191988).

B.A.,  Ankara University, 6/3/1985).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Faculty, the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary, Harford CT, Fall, 2002.

Visiting Luce Professor of Abrahamic Religions at Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations of Hartford Seminary and Greenberg Center of University of Hartford, Spring 2002.

Associate Faculty, Hartford Seminary, the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary, CT, Spring, 2000.

Associate Professor, Islamic Studies and History of Philosophy, Divinity School, Ankara University, Fall 1996 to Fall 2002.

Visiting Professor, "Islamic Perspective of Environment", University of Cape Town, South Africa, July, 1998.

Lecturer in Islamic Studies and History of Philosophy, Divinity School, Ankara University Fall 1992 to Spring 1996.

Consultant to the World Bank Employment and Training Project, Minister of Labor, Ankara, 1997.

Lecturer at Seminar on "Religious Education in Turkey". Minister of Education of Netherlands and The Middle East Technical University, Ankara. 22 July to 2 August 1996.

Consultant to the Prime Ministry Bureau of Scholarship for Higher Education, Ankara, January 1990 to July 1992.

Consultant to the Prime Ministry's General Directorate of State Archives, June 1987 to December 1990.

COURSES TAUGHT

1)   Introduction to Islam

2)   Major Themes of the Qur'an

3)   Comparative Ethics

4) Religion and Environment

5) Interfaith Relations [especially Abrahamic Relations]

6) Good and Evil: The Ethics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

7) Islamic Ethics and the Environment

PUBLICATIONS-BOOKS

The Ethical Dimension of Human Attitude Towards Nature, (Ankara: Ministry of Environment, 1997).

Cevre ve Din (Environment and Religion), (Ankara: Ministry of Environment, 1997).

Yalnız Gezegen, (Lonely Planet: Essays on Environmental Ethics and Philosophy) (Istanbul: Kaynak, 2001).

Postmodern Dusunceler (Potmodern Thoughts: Essays On Philosophy, philosophy of Science, and Postmodernity),  (Istanbul: Kaynak Yayinlari, 2002).

PUBLICATIONS-IN JOURNALS AND BOOKS

"Towards An Understanding Of Environmental Ethic From A  Qur'anic Perspective", Islam and Ecology, ed. Richard Foltz (Harvard University Press, 2003)

“The Development of Environmental Consciousness in Modern Turkey”, Environmentalism in Muslim World, ed. Richard Foltz, (New York: Nova Pub., 2005)

"Dogayi 'evimiz' Olarak Algilamak: Neo-Konfucyusculugun  Cevre Etigi Uzerine" (Nature as Our Home: Neo-Confucian Environmental Ethic) Paper delivered at The First Conference on Practical Ethics, Nov. 12-13, 2001, METU.

"Islam and the Environment", Bridge (a forum on Christian-Muslim Relations), New York: September 1998, 1-15.

"Science and Environment: Is Science Responsible for the Environmental Crisis?" The Journal of the Environment and Social Sciences, vol.1, no. 1-2, 1996, 5-50.

"The Concept of Islamic Tradition in Fazlu Rahman's Thought", The American Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 9, no. 2, Summer 1992, 243-259.

"Islam Felsefesinin Gunumuzdeki Sorunlari". (Some Contemporary Problems of Islamic Philosophy) in Proceedings of Symposium on Contemporary Religious Problems and Studies, Samsun: 1989), 65-75.

PUBLICATIONS-REFERENCE BOOKS

"Muhammad," in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, ed. Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan (New York: Continuum, 2003).

"Rumi, Jalal al-Din," in Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, ed. Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan (New York: Continuum, 2003).

PUBLICATIONS-BOOK REVIEWS

Shams C. Inati, The Problem of Evil: Ibn Sina's Theodicy, (Binghamton, N.Y.: Global Publications, 2000). ix plus 215 pp. the Muslim World, 2003.

A.D. Knysh, Ibn'Arabi in the Later Islamic Tradition, (New York: State University of New York Press, 1999. the Muslim World, 2003.

Intellectual Traditions in Islam, ed. Farhad Daftary, (London-New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2001. xvii plus 252 pp. Forthcoming, the Muslim World, 2003.

LECTURES & PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

"The Sufi Views of Environment: An Islamic Perspective", Connecticut College, Department of Religion, New London, November 7, 2002.

"Islam in the Modern World", Lecture. New England Consultation of Church Leaders, 2002 Assembly, Franciscan Center, Andover, Massachusetts, October 15-16, 2002.

"Good and Evil in Abrahamic Religions", A panel discussion at Hartford Seminary, Feb. 11, 2002.

Speaker at the Spiritual and Religious Leaders Roundtable, Earth Dialogues: Sustainable Development and Ethics, Feb 21-23, 2002, Lyon France. Organized by UN.

"Christian-Muslim Relations", with Ibrahim Abu-Rabi'. The New Milford United Methodist Church, Feb 6, 2002.

"Connecting to God in Islam", First Baptist Church, W. Hartford Feb 10, 2002.

"Good and Evil: in Jewish and Muslim Ethics", Jewish Community Center, New Haven Feb 28, 2002.

"The Concept of Sacrifice in Abrahamic Religions". Central State University of Connecticut, March 4, 2002.

"Good and Evil: in Jewish and Muslim Ethics". Trinity College, March 5, 2002.

"Understanding Islam", a Special Hartford Seminary Program, with Ibrahim Abu-Rabi', Hartford Seminary March 17, 2002.

"Crossfire: Virtuous or Villainous?  U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East" Connecticut College, April 23, 2002.

"Modern Islamic Thought", the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary, February 2000.

"The Major Themes of the Qur'an", Union Theological Seminary, New York, March 23, 2000.

"Consolidation of Democracy in Turkey: The Case of Islamic Movement(s)", Central State University of Connecticut, May 3, 2000.

"Qur'an and Environment" The Interfaith Center of New York, New York, June19, 2000.

"Towards an Islamic Theory of Environmental Ethics", The Parliament of World's Religions, Dec. 1-8, 1999, Cape Town, S. Africa.

"Islam and Environment" The Interfaith Center of New York, New York, May 4,1998.

"The Islamic Conception of Environment and its Implications" Colombia University, the Middle East Institute, New York, May 6, 1998

"Towards A Qur'anic Concept of Environmental Ethics" Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. April 30, 1998.

"Islam and Racism", A Round Table Panel, University of Chicago, Nov. 23, 1997.

"The Development of Islamic Movements in Modern Turkey", Islamic Foundation, Chicago, Nov. 22, 1997.

"Religion and Environment" UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program), New York. December 3, 1997.

"Rumi's Contribution to Environmental Ethics", Sufi Books, New York, December 5, 1997.

"Islam and Peace", University of Colombia, Missouri, Sept. 5, 1996.

"The Development of Human Rights in Turkey: 1923-1995", Symposium on Human Rights in Turkey, Ankara, Nov. 12, 1995.

PUBLICATIONS-TRANSLATIONS

Rumi The Persian:  Rebirth in Love and Creativity  (Askta Ve Yaraticilikta Yeniden Dogus: Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi'nin Kisilik Cozumlemesi, A. Reza Arasteh ( with Bekir Demirkol), (Ankara: Kitabiyat, 2000).

"Ethics of Environment an Development" (Surdurulebilir Kalkınma Ahlaki), from  Ronald Engel,  A.U. Ilahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, Prof. Dr. Necati Oner Armaganı, c. XL, 255-271, 1999.

"Newton's Science in the Context of Religion", Prof. Dr. Ernest-Wolf Gazo, (Din Baglamında Newton'un Bilim Anlayısı), Islami Arastırmalar Dergisi, v. 6,4, 1993, 279-292.

"The Concept of Philosophy in the Quranic Context", Alparslan Acıkgenc, (Kur'an Baglamında Felsefe Kavramı), Islami Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, Sayı: 1, 1995, 9-36.

"Islam and Environmental Ethics", Dr. Abdullah Nasif, (Islam ve Cevre Ahlakı). Yeni Dergi, sayı 3, 1994.

"Remarks On Islamic Scholarship at A Crossroad", (Yol Ayrımındaki Islami Arastırmalar Uzerine Dusunceler), Journal of Islamic Research, v.5, 2, April 1991, 136-140.

"The Conception of God in Islam and the West: A Philosophical Lecture", Prof. Dr. Ernest-Wolf Gazo, (Batı'da ve Islam'da Allah Anlayısına Felsefi Bir Yaklasım). Journal of Islamic Research, v.3, 2, April 1989, 5-15.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Ph.D. Examiner (outside member) for dissertations prepared at General Seminary, New York.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

American Academy of Religion, 2002.

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR), 1999-2002.

The Research Center for Environmental Studies, Ankara University, 1994-2002.

The Editorial Board of Turk Felsefe Dernegi (The Turkish Philosophical Association) 2001.

Founder President of Society for Intercultural Research and Friendship, 1995-1997.

LANGUAGES

Fluency in speaking, reading and writing of English.

Good speaking, reading and writing of Arabic.