International Summer School

The International Intensive Online Summer School of Sufi Studies

20-28 July 2020

Application deadline: 13 July 2020

About the program

The 2nd International Intensive Summer School of Sufi Studies will be hosted online due to the current pandemic conditions by the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies between 20-28 July 2020, with the support of the Kerim Foundation.

The MA-level TSV571 Topics in Sufi Studies (3 credits-6 AKTS) and PhD-level TSV605 Topics in Sufi Studies (3 credits-8 AKTS) will be offered within the context of the Online Summer School. Summer School Certificates will be issued to those who complete the program.

  • The program language is English
  • Theoretical courses
  • Sufi text readings (some samples of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish)
  • Examples of Sufi music based on summer school course content
  • Public webinar at the end of the program


Summer School Faculty and Courses

Coordinator: F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar

William C. Chittick
The secret of love in Adam's fall according to Ahmad Sam'ani (d. 1134)

Distinguished Professor of Sufism and Islamic Philosophy
Stony Brook University, Department of Asian & Asian American Studies
http://www.williamcchittick.com/#about


Mohammed Rustom
The Mystical Theology of ‘Ayn al-Qudat

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Carleton University, College of the Humanities
http://www.mohammedrustom.com/


Emine Yeniterzi
A Panoramic View of Turkish Sufi Literature

Professor of Turkish Islamic Literature
Institute for Sufi Studies,Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff

Reşat Öngören
The Adventure of Sufi Thought in Anatolia from the Seljukids to the Ottomans: Important Sheikhs, Foundational Works and Influential Tariqas

Professor of Sufi Studies
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff


Yasushi Tonaga
Sufi Studies in Japan

Professor of Islamic Studies and the Director of the Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies
http://kias.sakura.ne.jp/krcss_ku/en/


Ebrahim Moosa
al-Ghazali: Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment

Professor of Islamic Studies
University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs and Department of History
https://keough.nd.edu/profile/ebrahim-moosa/


Cemalnur Sargut
Sufi Love

Counsellor of the Üsküdar University Rector
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff


Omid Safi
The Path of Love

Professor of Islamic Studies
Duke University, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
https://asianmideast.duke.edu/people/omid-safi


F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar
Sufi Thought in Practice

Assistant Professor of Ottoman History
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff


Dilek Güldütuna
Fuad Sezgin's Magnum Opus
Sufi Conceptions of the Feminine

Assistant Professor of Sufi Studies
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff


Omneya Ayad
The Early Pioneering Figures of Sufism: A Closer Look

Assistant Professor of Sufi Studies
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff


Eylül Yalçınkaya
Sufi Poetry and Music

Lecturer of Islamic and Sufi Studies
Institute for Sufi Studies, Üsküdar University
https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/academic-staff

Who can apply? 

  • Students registered in graduate studies programs in Turkey and/or abroad,
  • Researchers or instructors conducting post-doctoral studies in Turkey and/or abroad,

Applications in accordance with the requirements above will be evaluated and responded to within three (3) days from application submission. 

  • Participants in the Continuing Education Programs of Üsküdar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies as well as undergraduate students demonstrating academic merit are eligible to apply; admission is contingent on the availability of space in the program.

Required Documents

 For Graduate Students,

  • Application form,
  • Current CV*,
  • One reference letter (preferably from a previous instructor of a related field)*,
  • Statement of purpose explaining why you wish to participate in the Summer School (max. 250 words)*,
  • Copy of Turkish National ID and/or first page of passport for applicants from abroad*

*Starred documents are not required from current Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies graduate students.

Non-graduate students:

Those who are not students in graduate programs are required to submit the application form alongside their CVs and copy of their IDs electronically.

Click here for the Application form.

Tuition Fee and Registration Completion

Applicants should submit their application form along with the required documents to the Institute for Sufi Studies. Those who have been admitted to the program must deposit the tuition fee no later than July 17th and send the receipt to the Institute.

  • Those accepted to the program from Turkey

The program fee for Üsküdar University students and alumni is 2600 TL (including tax).

The program fee for others is 3200 TL (including tax).

  • Those accepted to the program from abroad

 Program fee: 600 USD or 540 EUR

Discounted price for students who attended the previous International Summer School of Sufi Studies in 2018 is 500 USD or 450 EUR.

The information necessary for those applying from abroad can be found at this link.

https://tasavvuf.uskudar.edu.tr/en/international-summer-school


Applicants from abroad who have been accepted to the program must deposit the tuition fee no later than 17 July 2020 in order to complete their registration.


Click here the tentative schedule of the Summer School

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