Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World, Bloomsbury Academeic, 2017 [click here for more information]

Islam’s Jesus, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014 [for details and reviews click here]

Fundamentals of Rumi’s Thought: A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective (Sefik Can), edited and translated by Zeki Saritoprak (New Jersey, 2004)

Critical Edition of al-Sarakhsi’s (d.1100 CE) Sifat Ashrat al-Sa’a (Islamic Eschatology),(Cairo: 1993) (Arabic)

Al-Dajjal in Islamic Theology,(Istanbul: 1992) (Turkish)

Edited Journals

Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Special Issue on Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, vol. 19, no. 1, January 2008 (guest editor)

Islam in Contemporary Turkey: The Contributions of Fethullah Gulen, Special Issue of The Muslim World Journal, vol. 95, no. 3, July 2005 (guest editor)

Academic Writings


2016-The Story of Qarun (Korah) in the Qur’an and Its Importance for Our Times” in Nathan Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq, eds. Poverty and Wealth in Judaism, Christiantiy, and Islam, (New York: Palgrave MacMillian, 2016): 23-30.

2016-“The Place of Moses in the Qurʼan and Its Significance for a Jewish-Muslim Dialogue.” PaRDeS : Journal of the Association of Jewish Studies 22 (Nov 2016): pp 17-29.


2015-“Mary in Islam” part of the Oxford Bibliographies Online.

2014-“Abu Bakr al-Siddiq” part of Oxford Bibliographies Online.

2013-“Dialogue between Muslims and Christians Qur’anic Guidance, Historical Precedents and Contomeprary Prospects in the United States” in Can Muslims and Christians Resolve their Religious and Social Conflicts? Cases from Africa and the United States, eds. Iwuchukwu, Marinus and Brian Stiltner (Lewiston, NY: Edwin MellenPress, 2013).

2013- “Muslim Perception of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet Movement: Accommodating or Hindering Modern Turkey?” in Alternative Islamic Discourses and Religious Authority.  Ed. Carool Kersten and Susanne Olsson. Surrey, Eng. And Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013

2012- “Inner Peace Leading to Outer Peace” in American Baptist Quarterly v. 31, no 3 (Fall 2012)

2012- “Muslim Reflection”
This article discusses the need for Just Peace, and refers to Gülen’s idea of reducing threat.

2011- “Fethullah Gülen and His Theology of Social Responsibility”
This book chapter discusses the Islamic theological discourse on the concept of social responsibility.

2011- “The Nature and Dignity of the Human Person from an Islamic Theological Perspective”
This article elaborates on the dignity and nature of the human person as presented in the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam.

2011- “Reconciliation An Islamic Theological Approach
A book chapter on the idea of reconciliation and forgiveness as two major themes of theology.

2011- “Said Nursi” in the Oxford Bibliographies Online.
This entry discusses Said Nursi and explores different scholarly writings on Nursi.

2010- “Fethullah Gülen’s Theology of Peacebuilding”   A book chapter on Fethullah Gülen’s views on peacebuilding through active engagement in various areas, including education.

“2010- “Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Paradigm of Islamic Nonviolence,” in Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, ed. Quamar-Ul Huda. (United States Institute of Peace: Washington D.C., 2010): 95-106.



2009- “How Commentators of the Qur’an Define “Common Word”” This article elaborates on common themes between Christians and Muslims and particularly the theme mentioned in one of the Qur’anic verses that invites the people of the book to common ground. Classical Muslim commentators view is examined

2008- “Said Nursi on Muslim-Christian Relations Leading to World Peace” This article examines the views of Said Nursi, specifically on Muslim-Christian relations through a survey of Nursi’s writing and examples from his life. It also elaborates on the possible contribution of such cooperation to the world peace.

2008- “Bediüzzaman Said Nursi” in The Islamic World. This book chapter discusses Said Nursi’s life, his intellectual endeavors, and his impact on Muslims today.

2008- “Guest Editorial” in the special issue of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations dedicated to Bediüzzaman Said Nursi.

2008- “Islam and Politics in the Light of Said Nursi’s Writings” This article speaks of Said Nursi’s view on politics. His famous statement “I take refuge in God from Satan and politics” is examined.

2005- “Fethullah Gülen and the ‘People of the Book’: A Voice from Turkey for Interfaith Dialogue This article discusses Gülen’s dialogue, theology, and practices, and also speaks on the various meanings of the term ‘People of the Book’, a Qur’anic term used for Christians and Jews.

2005- “Gülen, Fethullah (1941-)” in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. This article discusses Gülen’s view on two aspects of nature, nature as a veil and a revelation. It elaborates on his article “Tahrib Edilen Tabiat” (The Nature that is Destroyed).

2005- “An Islamic Approach to Peace and Nonviolence – A Turkish Experience” This article speaks of Nursi’s understanding about peace and nonviolence in Turkey. It also elaborates on the life of the Prophet and how he sent a group of his companions to Abyssinia, modern day Ethiopia, to avoid violence. The practice of the Prophet constitutes foundation for Nursi’s teaching of nonviolence.

2005- “The Qur’an” in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. This entry discusses the Qur’an’s theocentric approach of nature while referring to many Qur’anic verses.

2005- “An Interview with Fethullah Gulen” This is the English translation of an interview with Mr. Gulen on his views of statehood, Shari’ah and women within Islam as well as jihad and terrorism.

2004- “Allah” in The Qur’an: An Encyclopedia. This article discusses the Islamic understanding of God as presented in the Qur’an.

2004- “Rod” and “Sand” in the Encylclopaedia of the Qur’an. These articles discuss the significance of the words rod and sand in the Qur’an.

2004- “Eschatology” in The Qur’an: an Encyclopedia. This article discusses the Qur’an’s view of al-akhira (afterlife) and Islamic eschatology.

2004- “Fethullah Gülen: A Sufi in His Own Way” This article discusses Fethullah Gülen’s unique way of Sufism, and his relationship to classical Sufi traditions.

2003- “The Legend of al-Dajjāl (Antichrist): The Personification of Evil in the Islamic Tradition” This article offers an Islamic understanding of al-Dajjāl while referring to the Qur’an and the Hadīth, two major sources of Islam.

2002- “Visible Islam in Modern Turkey” Book Review. This article reviews one of the very few books that have been written on Islam in Turkey.

2002- “The Mahdī Tradition in Islam: A Social-Cognitive Approach” This article discusses the Mahdī and its universal hope in Islam. The article will start in early Sunnī tradition and move its way through history.

2000- “Said Nursi’s Teaching on the People of the Book – a case study of Islamic social policy in the early twentieth century” This article is a concise biography of Said Nursi with regard to the People of the Book and Muslim-Christian relations.

2000-“The Eschatological Descent of Jesus: Muslims Views.” This article discusses of eschatology according to Muslims. The article will refer to Qur’anic verses.

1999- “The Science of Kalam: A Critical Approach” This article written in Turkish elaborates on the development of Islamic theology, and examines some aspects of the science of Kalam that the author believes were reasons for the lack of interest in Kalam in later Islamic period.

1997- “The Mahdi Question According to Bediüzzaman Said Nursi” This article discusses the Islamic understanding of the Mahdi, an Islamic Messianic figure, as presented in the writings of Said Nursi which is considerable different than the classical view of Muslim theologians.

1995- “The Beautiful Names of God and the Problem of Understanding God” This Turkish article elaborates on the divine names in Islam and pre-Islamic sources and on how Muslim theologians approach the divine names and whether it is necessary to have the divine names in only Arabic. The article also focuses on the reflection of the divine names in the universe.

1994- “Deccal” This encyclopedia entry elaborates on the concept of Anti-Christ as an eschatological theme in Islamic theology.

1994- “Hz. Ibrahim’in (a.s) Tevhid Mucadelesini Yaparken Delil Kullanmada Takib Ettigi Metod Uzerine” This article elaborates on the struggle of Abraham as a prophet of God in the Qur’an, and his methodological approach to prove the oneness of God against idol worshippers of his time. The article uses Qur’anic verses as a major source for Abraham’s approach.

1993- “Dabbah Al-Ardh” This is an entry of Islamic Encyclopedia in Turkish on the Islamic concept an eschatological theme known by Muslims as Dabbah or the beast.


Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2009- “Impressions from the Gülen Conference in Los Angles” The article discusses an international conference on Gülen held in Los Angles, and briefly speaks of participants contribution to the conference.

2008- “Impressions upon meeting the Pope” This newspaper article discusses the Pope’s visit to Washington and his meeting with scholars and faith leaders.

2008- “Local Muslim professor among faith leaders to meet Pope” in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This short article elaborates on Pope Benedict XVI and his meeting with faith leaders.

2005- “The Creation of Evil is Not Evil: Nursi’s Theological Approach to the Existence of Evil” This article elaborates on Said Nursi’s view on evil. The approach is from an Islamic theological perspective.

2005- “Love: the Reason for the Creation of the Universe” This article discusses Said Nursi’s view on love as the reason for the creation of the universe.

2005- “Pope worked to improve Catholic-Muslim relations” published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. This article briefly speaks of Pope John Paul II and his work to improve the relationship between Catholics and Muslims.

2004- “Be Kind to your Parents” This article discusses family relations and respect for parents from Bediüzzaman Said Nursi’s point of view, in light of Risale-i Nur Collection.

2004- “Prayer: an inexhaustible treasure for the human spirit” This article discusses the significance of prayer, and the means of a relationship between humans and the Creator. There are several Qur’anic verses throughout this article.

2002- “An Islamic Approach to Nature: a book to be contemplated”
This article discusses Islam and their view of nature by focusing on the Qur’anic understanding.