Professor, Director of the Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies

Expertise: Islamic studies

Dr. Saritoprak’s research focuses on issues related to Islamic theology, spirituality, and eschatology as well as Islamic approaches to the environment. He is a leading specialist in the thought and writings of the important early 20th century Turkish Muslim scholar Bediüzzaman Said Nursi. Additionally, he has written on Rumi, the contemporary Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, as well as many other Islamic theologians and mystics. Dr. Saritoprak has also written on interfaith dialogue and is actively involved in interfaith dialogue including the Catholic-Muslim Dialogues co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America. In 2014 Dr. Saritoprak published Islam’s Jesus and he is currently in the final stages of completing a book titled Islamic Spirituality: Faith and Practice for the Modern World. For more information on Dr. Saritoprak and his publications please visit his Nursi Chair faculty webpage.

Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
or By Appointment

Course Offerings

Fall 2016

  • TRS101.66 Introduction to Theology and Religious Studies TR 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
  • TRS240.51 Introduction to Islam TR 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
  • TRS240.52 Introduction to Islam TR 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Spring 2017

  • TRS101.61 Introduction to Theology and Religious Studies TR 11:00 – 12:15 a.m.
  • TRS240.51 Introduction to Islam TR 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
  • TRS240.52 Introduction to Islam TR 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.