Latest Speakers


S. Sayyid

S.Sayyid works at the University of Leeds. From 2010-2013 he the inaugural director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, at the University of South Australia. Upon publication his book A Fundamental Fear was short-listed for Philip Abrams Prize for best book in sociology in Britian. In 2006 it was banned by the Malaysian government.


Sadık Ünay

Dr. Sadık Ünay is an Associated Professor in International Relations at Yıldız Technical University. He has been focusing on Turkish foreign policy, international political economy and development.


Abdülvahap El Efendi

El-Efendi is a political scientist and writer who studied at the Universities of Khartoum, Wales, Reading and Cambridge. He was given the Muslim News Allama Iqbal award for Creativity in Islamic Thought in 2006. In 2009, he was awarded an ESRC Fellowship for his contributions to the ‘Global Uncertainties Program and selected as a member of British Muslims and Islamophobia Commission.


H. İbrahim Yenigün

H. Ibrahim Yenigün is a faculty member at Istanbul Commerce University, Department of International Relations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia’s political theory program. He also served as the managing editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) during 2006-2010.


M. Ali Doğan

Mehmet Ali Doğan is an alumnus of Bilkent University in Ankara and received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. His research interests are East-West encounters and the Western missionary activities in the Middle East. Doğan is a member of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University.


Mehmet Babacan

Mehmet Babacan is currently an assistant professor of Economics and chair at Istanbul Commerce University, Department of Economics. Babacan holds a PhD degree from Marmara University, Department of Economics in 2011. Among Dr. Babacan’s research interests are economic and political institutions, international trade, interest groups, growth and supervision of public goods and en­dowments in the history of Islam and the West.


M. Emin Soydaş

Dr. Soydaş is an assistant professor within the Department of Music at Çankırı Karatekin University in Turkey. He received his PhD in ‘Musicology and Music Theory’ from İstanbul Technical University in 2007, with a thesis on the musical instruments at the Ottoman court. He is currently working on a project concerning reconstruction of musical instruments.


Yusuf Alpaydın

Yusuf Alpaydın is an alumnus of Bosphorus University in Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. from Istanbul University. His research interests are education-employent relationships, higher education planning, and adult education.


Savaş Ş. Barkçin

He graduated in political science from Bosphorus University, Istanbul in 1989. He obtained master’s degree in international relations from SAIS, the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC in 1996. He received Ph.D. in political philosophy from Bilkent University, Ankara in 2001. Dr. Barkçin worked as a senior expert and adviser in the State Planning Organization between 1989 and 2009.


Cemalettin Haşimi

Cemalettin Haşimi is currently Advisor to the Prime Ministry of Turkey and Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy. He formerly worked as a research assistant at John Hopkins University and edited book titled “Turkey, Europe and the European Union”.