I have a MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies. My main focus is on philosophy of religion, the history of the Middle East and modern Turkey, social changes and cultural expressions in the late Ottoman Empire. I have been working as an assistant lecturer for various BA courses in the field of Religious Studies. Currently I am working in the International Studies programme, where I have coordinated and tutored different courses.
I am a PhD candidate in the field of Religious Studies. My focus is on the relationship between Islam and modern natural science. Recent discussions on the relationship between Islam and natural science have a long tradition going back to the nineteenth century, when modern natural sciences were introduced in the Islamic world. The evolutionary theory is a special case. In this project I aim to study the contemporary Muslim debate on evolutionary theory by focusing on perspectives of Muslim scientists and theologians on the authority and legitimacy of religious and scientific sources.
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