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Institute for Sufi Studies was at Harvard

Arzu Eylül Yalçınkaya, a lecturer at the Institute for Sufi Studies, was invited by Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  She delivered a speech titled “Sheikh Kenan Rifai and Maarif Practices of the late Ottoman Sufis”. Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

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Üsküdar academicians received great attention at TÜYAP

Üsküdar University academics came together with their readers at the 38th TÜYAP International Book Fair. The fair, where interviews and book signing programs took place, hosted thousands of book lovers this year as well. Üsküdar University Founding President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave a lecture titled “Emotional Void”. Prof. Sevil Atasoy’s lecture was “Rotten Apples and Innocent Prisoners”. Prof. Sinan Canan delivered a talk on “My Brain That Discovers”. Üsküdar University authors signed their books after the interviews.More…

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Australian Griffith University Faculty of Humanities visited the Institute for Sufi Studies

Australian Griffith University Faculty of Humanities Faculty Member Dr. Adis Duderija and his students visited Üsküdar University within the scope of the program organized by the Institute for Sufi Studies.Australian Griffith University Faculty of Humanities Faculty Member Dr. Adis Duderija attended the program designed by the Institute for Sufi Studies at Üsküdar University.Information about the Institute was providedThe program was initiated by the opening speech delivered by Asst. Prof. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar. Following the information provided about the…

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Prof. Yasushi Tonaga lectured at Üsküdar University

Kyoto University, Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies Director Prof. Yasushi Tonaga lectured at Üsküdar University. Prof. Tonaga, who was invited to the Institute for Sufi Studies, gave a three-part presentation to the Institute’s MA and PhD students.The program took place in the University Senate Meeting Hall at the Main Campus. In addition to the faculty members of the Institute, Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk, miniature artist and painter Günseli Kato, also known for her work on Japanese culture, Boğaziçi University Asistant Prof.…

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Prof. Eric Geoffroy delivered a conference at Üsküdar University

Author and philosopher Eric Geoffroy, known for his work in the field of Sufism, gave a lecture on “Metaphysical positioning in the works of Ibn Arabi” in the program organized by Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies and discussed the metaphysical effects of the concept of the feminine. Stating that Ibn Arabi is a hypermodern person beyond his time, Geoffrey spoke about the internal secrets and unfolding of the feminine in Ibn Arabi’s works. Eric Geoffroy, known for his work in the field of Sufism, gave a conference titled "Metaphysical Positioning…

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Prof. Omid Safi gave a conference entitled “Rumi’s Ancestors on the Path of Love: Harakani and Ahmad Ghazzali”

Prof. Dr. Omid Safi from the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies of Duke University gave a conference on “Rumi’s Ancestors on the Path of Love: Harakani and Ahmad Ghazzali” within the scope of the Institute for Sufi Studies’ Fall semester activities.The opening speech of the program, held at the Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall on Main Campus, was presented by the Deputy Director of the Institute for Sufi Studies, Dr. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar.In her remarks where she mentioned that Prof. Safi set out milestones in the field of Islamic Studies, Dr.…

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Civilization Studies originating from Turkey

The PhD Program in the History, Thought and Literature of Islamic Civilization established within the Institute for Sufi Studies at Üsküdar University presents an important opportunity for those who want to pursue academic studies in this field. The director of the Institute for Sufi Studies, Prof. Elif Erhan, noted that the program aimed to contribute to cultural studies originating from Turkey. Prof. Elif Erhan also added that scientific research and studies were quickly surpassing the understanding of “occupational focus” and that many disciplines were becoming more…

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Prof. Reşat Öngören joined the Üsküdar University family

Prof. Reşat Öngören joined the academic staff of the Institute for Sufi Studies in July. Prof. Öngören gave two seminars on the sources of Sufi culture within the scope of the Sufi Culture and Art class during the Spring semester and also participated in the “Thesis Workshop” held during April as part of the Sufi Studies Week. Focused on Sufi historyKnown for his work on Sufi history, particularly the Ottoman period, Prof. Reşat Öngören has made important contributions to the Turkish Religious Foundation's Encyclopedia of Islam as an editor…

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Conference by Prof. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud

Hosted by the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies, Prof. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud gave a conference on the concept of “Adab” (best manners), referencing the Sufi views and practices of his teacher, Prof. Muhammad Naquib al-Attas and giving examples form current practices. Prof. Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud lectured on “Integrated Education in a Fragmented World” at the Ayhan Songar Conference Hall in Üsküdar University’s Main Campus. Wan Daud is an academician, educator, administrator, intellectual, activist and poet. He is the founder of…

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Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies was invited to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Parliamentary Member Ganire Pashayeva invited Üsküdar University Counselor to the Chancellor Cemalnur Sargut and her delegation to Baku on 5-8 May 2019 to develop cooperation with various universities in Baku. The director of the Institute for Sufi Studies Prof. Elif Erhan, along with Kerim Güç and Belgin Batum on behalf of the Kerim Foundation, were also at the meeting. Cemalnur Sargut said that Sufism is a global language for countries to understand each other and to live together.On the first day of the visit to Baku, the delegation met with the President of…

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28 people from 7 countries spoke of Ebu’l-Hasan Harakanî

The Sufi Studies Week, organized annually by the Institute for Sufi Studies at Üsküdar University, hosted the “Sultan of Futuwwa Ebu’l-Hasan Harakanî” international symposium and the Sufi Studies Thesis Workshop as a joint event on 27-28 April 2019.  Organized by the partnerships of the Seyyid Ebu’l Hasan Harakanî Foundation, Kerim Education Culture and Health Foundation, TURKKAD Turkish Women’s Cultural Association Istanbul Branch, and Nefes Publishing, the “Sultan of Futuwwa Ebu’l-Hasan Harakanî” International…

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“Sultan of Futuwwa Sayyid Abu al-Hasan Harakani” is commemorated at Üsküdar University

Organized by the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies, the “Sultan of Futuwwa Abu al-Hasan Harakani” International Symposium and “Sufi Studies Thesis Workshop” were held in the scope of the Sufi Studies Week/TAG 2019, hosted annually at Üsküdar University. The International “Sultan of Futuwwa Ebu’l-Hasan Harakanî” Symposium which took place at Üsküdar University Central Campus, was organized by the Sayyid Abu al-Hasan Harakani Foundation, Kerim Education Culture and Health Foundation, TURKKAD…

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Sultan of Futuwwa Sayyid Abu’l-Hasan Harakanî will be commemorated during 2019 Sufi Studies Week

Organized annually by the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies, the Sufi Studies Week (TAG) will be held once again on 27-28 April 2019. TAG will be hosting the “Sultan of Futuwwa Abu’l-Hasan Harakanî” International Symposium this year. At the same time, the “Sufi Studies Thesis Workshop” will be held where MA theses being written at the Institute will be presented.The “Sultan of Futuwwa Abu’l-Hasan Harakanî” International Symposium is presented through the joint efforts of the Üsküdar University Institute…

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PlumX and Altmetrics applications used for the first time by Üsküdar University

Üsküdar University is the first university in Turkey to apply PlumX and Altmetrics, which determine how much interaction has been achieved and how many people have access to academic articles published in the Internet, especially in social media. It is aimed for academic studies to reach everyone. Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel stated that all the articles in the magazines published by Üsküdar University have been included in the PlumX and Altmetrics system for about three months.Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Department…

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“The Journey to Human Purpose” was talked in Üsküdar University

The Sufi Culture and Music Talks continue to take place at Üsküdar University. The second program titled “The Journey to Human Purpose: Seyr ü Sülûk”, conducted by Ahmet Özhan, an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Sufi Studies at the University, and moderated by Dr. Muhammad Bedirhan. The program, which was performed with the hymns sang by artist Ahmet Özhan, caught great interest.The second of the Sufism Culture and Music Talks organized by the Institute for Sufi Studies of Üsküdar University was held with the contributions of…

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Stephen Hirtenstein: “Writing heals scholarly wounds”

Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies and Kerim Foundation held a conference and the speaker was Stephen Hirtenstein whom delivered a speech on “The Healer of Wounds: Interpreting Human Existence in the Light of Alchemy and Ascension”. Hirtenstein mentioned that there is a cultural link between healing and writing and that writing heals the wounds.Information was given about Stephen HirtensteinThe Director of Institute for Sufi Studies Prof. Elif Erhan gave the opening speech in the Main Campus, Ayhan Songar conference hall. The second speaker was Mahmut Erol Kılıç…

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Sufi Studies Seminar Series continues with Lawrence and cooke

Another Sufism seminar took place at Üsküdar University's Institute for Sufi Studies. The public seminar offered by Prof. miriam cooke and Prof. Bruce Lawrence and was held at the Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall at Üsküdar University’s Main Campus.Prof. miriam cooke's lecture was about the Lebanese writer Nazira Zeineddine, who wrote the first book on the rights of Muslim women. Prof. cooke introduced this pioneer Lebanese author to the audience from the perspective of Islamic feminism, women's rights and the Qur’anic view of feminism.  "She…

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Prof. Omid Safi lectured on Madhab-e Eshq

Prof. Omid Safi, Director of the Duke University Islamic Studies Center, spoke about the path of the radical lovers, those of the Madhab-e Eshq. Prof. Omid Safi described the Madhab-e Eshq as an astrolabe based on a story from Mevlana’s Masnavi. He continued, “Love is an astrolabe; like a compass or a GPS device to use in order to find our way. We do not know where we are when we are lost, or where we are going. Here, we have a remedy, a medicine. That is Madhab-e Eshq.”Prof. Omid Safi of Duke University was at Üsküdar University as a guest of the Institute for Sufi…

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Prof. Omid Safi will be at Üsküdar University

Duke University Islamic Research Center Director and winner of the “DOST Service to Islam Award,” Prof. Omid Safi will give a conference at Üsküdar University on “Radical Love: Mazhab-e Aşk". The conference, on Thursday, October 11, will be open to the public.  Duke University Islamic Research Center Director Prof. Omid Safi will be at Üsküdar University as a guest of the Institute for Sufi Studies, with the contribution of Kerim Foundation. Prof. Safi will meet with the students of the Institute for Sufi Studies Prof. Safi will conduct…

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Prof. miriam cooke spoke about women saints in Islam

Duke University Faculty Member Prof. miriam cooke came to İstanbul in order to give a lecture and a conference at the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies. In a public conference, Prof. cooke provided information about women saints in Islam such as Rabia, Laila Aisha, Bibi Fatima and many more. Prof. miriam cooke stated that Hz. Aisha can be considered among the earliest Muslim feminists; she is the source of the largest number of authentic hadiths narrated from the Prophet Muhammad.  The Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies will host Duke University…

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Prof. miriam cooke will give lectures on “Islam, Culture and Women”

Duke University Faculty Member Prof. miriam cooke will be in Istanbul to give lectures at the Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies. Prof. miriam cooke will give lectures and conferences between October 3 and October 24. Prof. cooke will discuss “Crossing Borders: Literary Perspectives on Women, Culture and Islam”.  Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies will welcome Duke University Faculty Member Prof. miriam cooke, with the contribution of Kerim Foundation, for four weeks during the Fall Semester of the 2018 -2019 academic year.Prof. miriam…

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The International School of Sufi Studies brought well-known names together

Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies initiated intensive International Summer School with Kerim Foundation’s contribution. The well-known names such as Islamic Sciences teacher James Morris and Islamic researcher Carl W. Ernst attended the opening ceremony of the International Summer School. Islamic Sciences teacher James Morris stated that they would not just to discuss Sufism but live it and continued as “In Islam, everything is beautiful and good concurrently. The real purpose of Sufism is propriety, beauty and beauty in language.”Üsküdar…

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Prof. Carl W. Ernst will give lectures in the Summer School of Institute for Sufi Studies

Prof. Carl W. Ernst, one of the most significant academicians in USA to fight Islamophobia, will come to Üsküdar University to give lectures in the Summer School of Institute for Sufi Studies. Prof. Ernst was awarded “DOST “The Friend” Service the Islam Award” in 2005 due to his book called “Following Muhammad”. Üsküdar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies will hold an intensive international summer school on Sufi Studies during 16-29 July 2018 with the support of the Kerim Foundation with the world-renowned scholars of Islamic…

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Sachiko Murata, well-known for her Chinese Islamic Thought, is coming to Üsküdar University

Prof. Sachiko Murata is coming to Istanbul to attend Institute for Sufi Studies International Summer School. Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies initiates an international summer school along with the support of Kerim Foundation. Well-known names of Sufism will attend the program as lecturers between the dates of 16-29 July 2018.Prof. Sachiko Murata, a specialist in Islamic thought in China along with Islam and Chinese Civilization, is among the well-known lecturers who will be present in the summer school.Prof. Sachiko Murata will give a lecture on “Islamıc Thought…

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Prof. C. William Chittick will teach at Summer School of Institute for Sufi Studies

Prof. C. William Chittick, who teaches the works of Islamic thinkers İbnü’l Arabi and Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi in USA and conducts researches on Islam and Sufism, will teach at Üsküdar University. Prof. Chittick will teach at Institute for Sufi Studies Summer School between 16 - 29 July 2018.Üsküdar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies will be organizing an intensive international summer school on Sufi studies with support from the Kerim Foundation. World-renowned scholars of Islamic studies will join at the intensive international summer school between…

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The International Intensive Summer School of Sufi Studies to be hosted at Üsküdar University

The International Intensive Summer School of Sufi Studies to be hosted at Üsküdar UniversityÜsküdar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies will be organizing an intensive international summer school on Sufi studies with support from the Kerim Foundation. World-renowned scholars of Islamic studies such as Carl W. Ernst, Sachiko Murata, William C. Chittick and James Morris will hold classes at the summer school.Üsküdar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies will hold an intensive international summer school on Sufi Studies during 16-29 July 2018 with the…

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“There is the Core of Islam in Sufism”

Prof. Bruce Lawrence, the Faculty Member of Duke University, gave his third and last lecture in Üsküdar University.  Prof. Lawrence, the winner of DOST “The Friend” Service the Islam Award”, presented a lecture on “Elephant and Sufism” in Üsküdar University Ayhan Songar conference hall.Prof. Lawrence who associate Sufism to an elephant, stated that “Sufism is nearly as big as an elephant and everyone should be content with a piece of it. There is the core of Islam in Sufism.”Prof. Lawrence also emphasized the question of where…

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“Beauty and cruelty are in the same place in the human world”

Duke University Faculty Member Dr. Bruce Lawrence held his second conference at Üsküdar University.Prof. Lawrence evaluated the importance of translations and intercultural words as well as the logic of Barzakh in his conference titled “Translating Sufism: the Challenge of Barzakh Logic” in Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall.In the conference, which attracted many attendees, Prof. Lawrence emphasized how Barzakh logic open a new perspective to intercultural and stated “Logic of Barzakh navigate between two cultures. It is about opening up one language to another. While translating…

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Prof. Bruce Lawrence gave a lecture at Üsküdar University

Prof. Bruce Lawrence, a professor at the Duke University, who is known for his Holy Qur’an studies for the correct understanding of Islam and Muslims, gave a lecture at Üsküdar University.Prof. Lawrence, owner of the "Friendly Islamic Service Award", in his book titled "Biography, Memory, and Language: The Kadiriyye in North India in the 17th Century", assessed the sects and mysticism in Northern India based on historical developments. Üsküdar University Advisor to the Rector Cemalnur Sargut said that Prof. Lawrence is a teacher who teaches the…

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Two World-Famous Professors Will Teach at Üsküdar

Prof. Miriam Cooke and Prof. Bruce Lawrence, Professors of Duke University, will come to Üsküdar University in April to give lectures in Sufism and History of Religion. Cooke and Lawrence, both of whom have signed important work in the field, will teach for three weeks in the Institute for Sufi Studies.Prof. Miriam Cooke and Prof. Bruce Lawrence, the Professor of Duke University will teach "History of Sufism and Religions" for the Institute for Sufi Studies.The two world-known faculty members will give a total of 45 hours of lecture in three weeks in April. Those interested…

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Sufi and Bach music collaboration in Üsküdar University

Üsküdar University hosted a musical collaboration of Sufi & Back in order to strengthen the relationship of two cultures and celebrate the 20th year of “Cologne – Istanbul Sister City Formation”. The concert that brought together Sufi and Classical music drew a lot of attention. A concert was performed in partnership between Üsküdar University Europe and Sister City Association to celebrate the 20th year of “Cologne – Istanbul Sister City Formation”. Various activities are being organized to strengthen the ties between two cities…

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