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. Dr. Saritoprak’s most recent books are Islam’s Jesus (2014) and Islamic Spirituality: Faith and Practice for the Modern World (2017) and he is currently working on a book on Islamic Eschatology. 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 pm
or By Appointment

Course Offerings

Spring 2019

  • TRS 240.51 Introduction to Islam TR 11:00-12:45 pm
  • TRS 341.51 Islam in America TR 2:00-3:15 pm
  • TRS 341.52 Islam in America TR 3:30-4:45 pm

Summer 2019

  • TRS 341.51 Islam and the Environment Summer III Online

Fall 2019

  • TRS 240.51 Introduction to Islam TR 2:00-3:15 pm
  • TRS 240.52 Introduction to Islam TR 3:30-4:45 pm
  • TRS 341.51 Islam and the Environment TR 11:00 – 12:15 pm