Prof. Zeki Saritoprak
Zeki Saritoprak has been the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University since 2003. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology (The Science of Kalam) from the University of Marmara, Turkey. He earned his Master’s degree in Islamic Theology and Philosophy, and his B.A. in Divinity from the same university. He studied Arabic language for several years in Cairo while researching for his dissertation in Islamic Theology, entitled The Antichrist (al-Dajjal). He is the Founder and former President of the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue in Washington, D.C.
He researched and taught courses at Harran University (Turkey), Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Some of the subjects he has taught include the science of Kalam, Introduction to Islam, World Religions, Biblical Elements in the Qur’an, Islamic Spirituality, classical and contemporary Islamic movements, and interfaith dialogue as well as courses on Islamic personalities such as al-Ghazzali and Bediüzzaman Said Nursi.
In addition to presenting at numerous conferences and universities over the years, Dr. Saritoprak is also the author of several books and academic articles in Turkish, English, and Arabic.