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UMAIE: Islam in Turkey
Bursa, Turkey; Cappadocia, Turkey; Edirne, Turkey; Gaziantep, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Izmir, Turkey; Konya, Turkey; Mardin, Turkey; Urfa, Turkey (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
Program Cost January Term
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English Housing Options: Hotel
Program Sponsor: UMAIE
Program Description:
JT15-Islam in Turkey

Program Highlights
  • This course introduces you to basic beliefs and practices of Islam in Turkey from both insiders’ and outsiders’ perspectives. You will learn about many aspects of Islam including worship, family life and intellectual and artistic traditions.
  • Students will visit sites in Istanbul, Mardin, Urfa, Gaziantep, Cappadocia, Konya, Izmir, Bursa, and Edirne
  • Prerequisites: THEO101 and a 200-level Theology course
  • Fulfills: THEO490, 3rd Theology core
Academic Overview

Course Description

It is no mere coincidence that President Obama chose Turkey as the first Muslim country to visit and as a site for an important address to what gets referred to as the Islamic world. As it seeks its soul, its identity, between the European Union and the Islamic world, Turkey is both a battleground and a learning ground. New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer declares that it is poised to be “the most audaciously successful nation of the twenty-first century.” Turkey stands in a pivotal position, with the Bosphorus Bridge its great symbol of the geographical, political, and social spanning of both Europe and Asia. Islam is central to both the political significance and the mystery of Turkey. For centuries visitors have been struck with wonder at its remarkable tauheed, or unity, tolerance and hospitality. This course familiarizes students with the basic beliefs and practices of Islam in Turkey, including worship, family life and intellectual and artistic traditions. We will perceive Islam from both “insiders’ perspectives” (reading the Quran and works on the Prophet Muhammad and challenges facing Muslims in contemporary Turkey), and from “outsiders’ perspectives” (reading British, American, and secular Turkish writers who are imagining or describing Turkey and Muslims). Site visits include Mosques, churches, madrasas, palaces, museums, ancient towns including the underground city of Kaymakli, volcanic formations, deep valleys and rock dwellings in Cappadocia, Sultanhan Caravanserai, Mevlana Museum, Selimiye Mosque, Aladdin Mosque, Konya Karatay Ince Minare, Karatay Madrasa in Konya. Ephesus in Selcuk. Muradiye, Burda Koza Han, Grand and Green Mosques in Bursa, Bursa center. Edirne Selimiye Mosque, Eski Camii, Beyazit Medrese. The stunning Blue Mosque and historical Eyup Sultan Mosque, the world-famous Byzantine Hagia Sophia, lavish Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. To experience Turkish friendship we also engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue over dinners in the homes of local families.

Required Readings
Khaled Abou El Fadl, The Place of Tolerance in Islam (selected chapters)
Karen Armstrong, Muhammad, A Prophet for Our Time
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization
Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of the Glorious Qur’an (selected readings)
Stephen Kinzer, Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds (selected chapters)
Reading Packet

     Attendance at and Active Contribution to ALL Course Sessions
40%     Academic Journal
40%     Final Essay

Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, six lunches and nineteen dinners (subject to change).

Program Directors
Adil Ozdemir, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5331,
Kelly Wilson, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5322,

Description of Program Directors
Dr. Ozdemir is a clinical faculty of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. He is a native of Turkey and has taught Koranic studies since 1976. Dr. Ozdemir taught the course nationally and internationally, in pluralistic settings, such as UCC seminaries, as well as St. Thomas. He also taught for 25 years at 9 September University, in Izmir, Turkey. Dr. Ozdemir lived in Turkey for fifty years. He co-directed this course in 2009, 2011-2014 and directed it in 2010.

Dr. Wilson is an adjunct professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas. She completed her Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America in 2013. Dr. Wilson has taught various Theology courses at St. Thomas since 2005.

Application Procedures & Deadlines
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Login using your UST username and password
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10, 2014. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2014.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2014
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

Financial Aid/Scholarships
To apply for January term financial aid, submit a January financial aid application, available in early November, to the financial aid office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations.  Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details. Review the Short Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures guide for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all financial aid awards meet with a financial aid counselor.

For more information
On course content, contact the Program Directors provided above.
On application procedures or logistical information, contact Study Abroad.

Office of Study Abroad
International Education Center (on campus: MHC 212)
University of St. Thomas
Mail 5026
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199

This program is currently not accepting applications.