Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Houston
233 McElhinney Building
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston TX 77204-5020
tel (713) 743-3987
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Ph.D., Ankara University
102 A.D. Bruce Religion Center
I was born in Izmir, Turkey. I got my B.A degree in the Divinity School at Marmara University in Istanbul and M.A degree in Comparative Religions at Harran University, Sanliurfa; and Ph.D. in Comparative Religions at Ankara University, Ankara.
I taught Comparative History of Religions, particularly Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism at Harran University Divinity School for three years as a Ph.D. candidate, and four more years after I got my Ph.D. in 2002.
I was the Co-chair of the organizing committee of a Symposium, "Christianity in 2000's: Past, Present and Future," Sponsored by Turkish Association for History of Religions, June 9-10, 2001. I sit on the advisory board of Turkish Association for History of Religions.
I have authored a book entitled, Lotus'un Icindeki Inci –Lamaizmle Nirvanaya Yolculuk (The Pearl in the Lotus –A Travel Through Lamaism to Nirvana); written articles in magazines; and four entries for two different Encyclopedia from Routledge.
I serve as a member of The Institute for Interfaith Dialogue (IID) headquartered in Houston.
I and my wife Tuba have two daughters, 15 and 7 years old.
I have taught the courses below in the Religious Studies Program at the University of Houston, A.D. Bruce Religion Center:
- Islamic Spirituality, (Fall 2007 - Spring 2009)
- Jesus and Muhammad, (Fall 2009 - Spring 2010), (With Dr. Lynn Mitchell)
- Muslim-Christian Relations, (Fall 2008 – Fall 2010), (With Dr. Lynn Mitchell)
- Stories of the Bible and Qur'an, (Spring 2011), (With Dr. Lynn Mitchell)
This semester, Fall 2011, I am teaching "Stories of the Bible and Qur'an" with Dr. Lynn Mitchell.