Dr. Recep Senturk is a Turkish Sociologist, founder of Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul and trained in the traditional as well as modern modes of learning.

Dr. Recep Senturk is a renowned Turkish Sociologist, former President and founder of Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, where he currently serves as a Professor of Sociology. He is also a member of the board of Trustees of the Istanbul Research and Education Foundation (ISAR), Istanbul.

Dr. Recep Senturk is a proponent of combining rational education with spiritual and moral education in order to foster ideal human beings. His framework is inspired from Imam Al-Ghazali’s epistemology of a multiplex, constituting the body, mind and soul. As the former rector, he introduced this pedagogy at the institution and trained numerous students to espouse an academically and spiritually holistic character.  

Dr. Recep Senturk has previously been the Director-General and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University, Istanbul, where he also served as the Chair of the Department of Civilization Studies. He has also been a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University, Istanbul. Moreover, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at the Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University and has also taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division (AIO), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Emory University Law School.    

Dr. Recep Senturk has authored numerous books, journal articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews and non-academic writings in English, Turkish and Arabic. He wrote Narrative Social Structure: Hadith Transmission Network 610–1505  (2005) in English. His published books in Turkish include Open Civilization: Towards a Multi-Civilizational World and Society (2014), Sociology of Turkish Thought: From Fiqh to Social Science (2008), Islam and Human Rights: Sociological and Legal Perspectives (2007), Malcolm X: Struggle for Human Rights (2006), Social Memory: Hadith Transmission Network 610–1505 (2004), Sociologies of Religion (2004), and Modernization and Social Science in the Muslim World: A Comparison between Turkey and Egypt (2006). He has edited Civilization and Values: Open Civilization (2010), Ibn Khaldun: Contemporary Readings (2009) and Economic Development and Values (2008). His work has been translated in Arabic, Spanish and Japanese.

He completed his BA in Islamic Studies from Marmara University after which he completed his MA in Sociology from Istanbul University. Thereafter, he earned his PhD from the Department of Sociology, Columbia University (1998). He specializes in a variety of subjects which include Civilization, Human Rights, and Islamic Studies with a focus on the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. His areas of interest also include Social Networks, Political Sociology, Sociology of Law, Sociology of Religion, Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge, and Economic Sociology.

Dr. Recep Senturk is an immense asset to Al-Qadir and we look forward to learning from his research and extensive experience as an educator in the traditional and modern paradigms of knowledge.


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