Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
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Center's new web publication Maydan is now online

Center's new web publication Maydan is now online

Featuring analysis by both emerging and established scholars, as well as a variety of helpful resources, Maydan will surely be of interest to students, professors, and anyone else engaged with the field of Islamic Studies in the digital realm.

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Registration now open for Spring 2017 classes

Registration now open for Spring 2017 classes

Next semester's offerings in Islamic Studies include ANTH 308: Peoples and Culture of the Middle East, and RELI 355: Sufism with Prof. Dakake at the undergraduate level, and electives at the graduate level such as Prof. Haddad's GOVT 741: Discourses on Terrorism, and HIST 535: The Ottoman Empire with Prof. Yilmaz.

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Mucahit Bilici discusses messianism in Turkey at Mason

Mucahit Bilici discusses messianism in Turkey at Mason

In its first guest lecture of the Fall 2016 Lecture Series, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Professor Bilici from John Jay College for a discussion on how elements of messianic thought have emerged in recent Turkish history, culminating with the Gulen movement today.

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Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina: Building Bridges between Western and Middle Eastern Approaches to the Study of Islam

Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina: Building Bridges between Western and Middle Eastern Approaches to the Study of Islam

Prof. Sachedina has devoted much of his scholarly time and effort in recent years to introducing theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Islam in the Western academy to scholars of Islam in academic institutions in various parts of the Islamic world, and to fostering interfaith and intrafaith dialogue through various programs aimed at both Muslim scholars and Muslim youth.

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