We have endeavored to secure the best possible teachers for the program, both among the top scholars in Turkey, as well as from Syria, Jordan and elsewhere. The tentative list of core teachers for the program are listed below. We also expect to host some other visiting scholars for a few days throughout the program.
Shaykh Salih Ekinci al-Ghursi (Konya) [visiting]
Born in 1953 in Mardin, Turkey, Shaykh Salih al-Ghursi is one of the greatest living heirs of the Kurdish Islamic intellectual tradition of Diyarbakır. Shaykh Salih was born in a scholarly family and began his studies at an early age under his late father Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Ghursī. He studied under the leading scholars of his day in Diyarbakir, Turkey and the Middle East before receiving his full Ijāza from one of his primary teachers, Shaykh Muḥammad el-Arabkendi (d. 1987). Upon Shaykh el-Arbakendi’s passing, Shaykh al-Ghursī took his place teaching in his madrasa in Arabkend. He later founded the Falāḥ madrasa in Konya, where he continues to serve as lead scholar. He has written over two dozen books, most of which are on the topic of theology and the rational sciences and are hailed among the most exacting and sophisticated treatments of the rational sciences written in the 20th century.
Dr. Recep Şentürk (İstanbul)
He is president of Ibn Haldun University in İstanbul. He is also Director of İSAR, EDEP and İSM institutes in Istanbul. He holds a PhD from Columbia University, Department of Sociology (1998), and specializes in the sociology of knowledge, human rights and Islamic studies with a focus on the Ottoman Empire, Egypt and Turkey. He was a visiting research fellow at Emory University Law School during the academic year 2002–2003 as part of Islam and Human Rights Project.
Dr. Recep has also studied the Islamic sciences extensively, and he received his Ijāza in the religious sciences from the late Shaykh Muhammad Emin Er. He has also authored widely in English and Turkish, including Narrative Social Structure: Hadith Transmission Network, 610-1505 (Stanford University Press, 2005); Islam and Human Rights: Sociological and Legal Perspectives (2007); Malcolm X: Struggle for Human Rights (2006); Modernization and Social Science in the Muslim World: A Comparison between Turkey and Egypt (2006); and, Open Civilization: Cultural Foundations of Pluralism (2010).
Shaykh Dr. Mahmoud al-Misri (Syria)
Born in 1961, Shaykh Mahmoud studied the religious sciences with some of the most prominent scholars of Syria, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Shaghouri, Imam Abdullah Sirajuddin and Dr. Nureddin ʿIṭr. In addition to completing his medical degree in pediatric medicine, he completed his BA and MA in Hadith Sciences at the University of Damascus before receiving his PhD from Aleppo University in the History of Science. He practiced as a pediatrician in Aleppo while sitting on the board of Aleppo University’s board for the Faculty of Sharīʿa and training students in the religious and spiritual sciences. He is currently teaching at Fatih Sultan Mehmed University and İSAR in İstanbul. He has written widely in diverse fields including the history of science, medicine, theology and sufism and has worked extensively in manuscript editing and publication.
Dr. Ahmad Snobar (Amman/İstanbul)
Dr. Snobar received his MA (2004) and PhD (2009) in Hadith Sciences from the from University of Jordan. He graduated first in his class in the Masters program, and placed second in the nation for the Ph.D. entrance exam. He is thoroughly grounded in both traditional Islamic scholarship and modern teaching and research methods. He taught and developed Qasid Institute’s upper-level Classical Arabic curriculum for over a decade. He now lives in İstanbul, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Classical Arabic at 29 Mayis University and heads the Arabic program at İSAR and EDEP. He is a solid researcher with an uncanny ability to access, analyze, and summarize classical texts, and has gained a reputation among students for his charismatic and engaging lecture style.
Shaykh Omar Qureshi
Omar Qureshi completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia in Microbiology in 1995 and later obtained a M.Ed. in Science Education – Curriculum and Instruction from the same institution. As a teacher in Saudi Arabia, he also studied various Islamic Sciences with Sh. Salman Abu-Ghuddah. He continued his Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria at Ma’had al-Tahdhib wa-l-Ta’lim and privately with local Damascene scholars such as Sh. Hussain Darwish. Currently Omar serves as the Dean of Academics and Instruction at Islamic Foundation School located at Villa Park, Illinois. In addition to teaching, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education and Comparative Education at Loyola University in Chicago, where he is focusing on Muslim moral educational philosophy.