About The Author

Dr. Zeki Saritoprak is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies, at John Carroll University. 

A native of Turkey he has spent more than thirty years studying Islamic theology and mysticism. He is the author of many works on Islam, spirituality, and interfaith dialogue. Dr. Saritoprak received his Ph.D. in Islamic Theology from the University of Marmara in Turkey and has authored more than fifty academic articles and encyclopedia entries, in addition to his published books.

Formal Education

The University of Marmara

1991 – PH.D – Islamic Theology

Dissertation: The Antichrist (al-Dajjal) in Islamic Theology

1985 – M.A. – Islamic Theology and Philosophy

Thesis: Creating (al-Takwin), as an Attribute of God According to Abu al-Mu’īn al-Nasafī

1983 – B.A. – Islamic Theology and Islamic Law

Exit Thesis: The Aesthetic Argument of Kalam on the Existence of God

Awards and Recognitions

2013 – McGregor Award to

develop a course on Islam and Environment

2012 – Cross Currents Research Colloquium Fellowship

2008 – One of 25 Muslim scholars invited to participate in Pope Benedict XVI’s “Interreligious Gathering”

2007 – Grauel Fellowship

2007 – Australian Catholic University Distinguished Scholarship Award

2007 – Invited as one of the scholars to meet with President Bush during his press conference on marriage and family

2020 – JCU Grauel Fellowship