All decisions pertaining to acceptance and publication of papers submitted will be made by the Editorial Board. Its members are:


Prof Eileen Barker

(London School of Economics)

Eileen Barker, OBE, FBA is a professor in sociology, an emeritus member of the London School of Economics (LSE), and a consultant to that institution's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She is the chairperson and founder of the Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM) and wrote studies about cults and new religious movements (NRMs)... more info 1 | 2



Prof Henri Barkey

(Middle East Institute, USA)

Professor Henri Barkey is the Bernard L and Bertha F Cohen Department Chair at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. Following his MSc at University College, London he obtained his PhD degree at University of Pennsylvania in 1984. He continued his academic work studies at the some of the prestigious institutions in the US including University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Princeton University. Except a brief period of 2 years at US State Department as a Policy Planning Staff Member, he maintains his academic works at Lehigh University since 1987. Prof Barkey's main interests are the international relations and domestic politics of the Middle East (especially Turkey and the Kurds), US policy toward the Middle East, international political economy (especially macroeconomic and development policy). more info


Prof Muhammad A S Abdul Haleem


Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS, Chief Editor of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies (EUP), BA (Cairo), PhD (Cambridge), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, participant in the Building Bridges programme, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Cambridge Interfaith Programme; Member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Inter-religious/Inter-cultural Research/Dialogue (FIIRD), University of Geneva.

Recent publications: The Qur’an: a New Translation, (OUP 2004); Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style, (IB Tauris, 2001); ‘The Politics of Peace in Islam’, in Religions and the Politics of Peace and War, ed. Linda Hogan, Wipf and Stock, (USA, 2007); ‘Islam, Religion of the Environment’ in Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Vol. 10 (2003-4), editors Eugene Cotran and Martin Lau, (Brill 2006). more info


Dr George S Harris

(Bilkent University)

Currently a Research Fellow at Bilkent University, Ankara, and a Consultant on Eurasian and Middle East Affairs carrying out research on Turkey and the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. in History of the Middle East from Harvard University in 1957 and then served in the Department of State, ending as Director of Analysis for Near East and South Asia at the time of his retirement in January 1996. He has published numerous articles and books on Turkey , including Troubled Alliance, Turkish-American Problems in Historical Perspective 1945-1971 and most recently The Communists and the Kadro Movement: Shaping Ideology in Ataturk’s Turkey. He is presently researching Turkish foreign policy and its practitioners in the Ataturk era.


Dr Alan Godlas

(University of Georgia)

Dr. Godlas, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia, is a graduate of the University of California - Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islam, Quranic & Hadith Studies, Arabic & Persian, Sufism... more info


Dr Asaf Hussain

(University of Leicester)

Asaf Hussain is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester, Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism. A founding member of SICUL more than 10 years ago, Asaf is a cultural expert and has advised large public and private organizations on subjects as diverse as recruitment and marketingin a multicultural society. He is also an international expert on the causes of Terrorism.


Dr Johnston McMaster

(Irish School of Ecumenics)

Revd Dr Johnston McMaster is a Lecturer and Program Co-ordinator of Education in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Northern Ireland Youth Service Curriculum and Policy Development  at the Equity, Diversity and Interdependence (JEDI). He completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in North Western University, Illinois. Some of his areas of expertise and research are Broadcasting, Public Theology, Socio-Political Biblical Hermeneutics, Celtic Spirituality and Contemporary Social Ethics, Communities of Reconciliation, Overcoming Violence: A Faith Perspective, The Shape of Faith in a Post-Christendom Era... more info

Prof Thomas Michel


Thomas Michel, S.J., a St. Louis native who belongs to the Indonesian Jesuit Province, is Secretary of Interreligious Dialogue for the Society of Jesus in Rome. In Bangkok, Thailand, he also serves as Secretary for Ecumenism of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. A Ph.D. in Arabic language and Islamic religion from the University of Chicago, Father Michel teaches regularly in Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In 1998 he gave the Martin D'Arcy Lectures at Oxford University on Muslim-Christian encounters in history. more info 1 | 2



Prof Simon Robinson

(Leeds Met University)

Simon Robinson is Running Stream Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics...He has developed courses in applied spirituality, relating life skills to virtues, both in Medicine and Healthcare, and in the general curriculum. He has a concern to locate ethical reflection in practice and everyday decision making... more info




Dr Zeki Saritoprak

(John Carroll University)

Zeki Saritoprak is the Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Founder and former President of the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue in Washington, D.C. He researched and taught courses at Harran University (Turkey), Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and Berry College in Rome, Georgia... more info



Prof David Thomas

(University of Birmingham)

David Thomas is currently Reader in Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham. His main interests areas are Islamic theology and philosophy, the history and theology of Christian-Muslim relations, Islam and culture, and textual studies in Arabic... more info


Dr Colin Turner

(University of Durham)

Lecturer in Islamic Studies and Persian; Islamic theology and philosophy; shari'a reform; Sufism; Shi'ism; classical and medieval Islamic history; Safavid Iran; Persian language and literature; Koranic exegesis; Islam and gender. more info


Prof Paul Weller

(University of Derby)

As Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, he focuses particularly on the relationship between religions in the public sphere and between religions, the state and society in respect of the institutions and processes of governance... more info


Prof Ian Williams

(UCE Birmingham)

Ian Williams is the Subject Leader in Religious Education at UCE Birmingham. Current research interests include radical UK Muslim movements with especial interest in the Al-Muhajiroun group, the European Shi’a diaspora, Sufi devotional groups and practices with a focus upon a Nottingham Mirpuri origin tariqa, and the career/education goals of 16+ Asian Muslim young people... more info


Dr Tim Winter

(University of Cambridge)

Tim Winter is Sheikh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is also Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. Following he completed his MA in Arabic at the University of Cambridge, he majored in Islamic studies during his academic researches at the al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is General Editor of the Islamic Texts Society's al-Ghazali series. His translations of Al-Ghazali’s "On Death" and "What Comes After" and "On Disciplining the Soul" have been acclaimed. His main reserach interests are Sufism and the development of the Ottoman Learned Institution, computerized hadith databases, Islamic ethics. more info 1 | 2


Dr Ihsan Yilmaz


Ihsan Yilmaz received his PhD in law in 1999 from SOAS, University of London. Between 1999-2001 he worked at the University of Oxford as a research fellow. At Oxford, he undertook two separate research projects; the first on the Turkish diaspora in London and second on the faith-based movement of Fethullah Gulen, his neo-ijtihad and renewal of Islam. Since 2001, he has been teaching comparative law, legal sociology, Islamic law and Turkish politics at the University of London. He is a regular columnist of the daily Today's Zaman.

Turkish diaspora, Turkish politics, Islamic movements, Muslim legal pluralism, neo-ijtihad and Fethullah Gulen's faith-based movement are some of his diverse research areas.



The conference co-ordinator is Dr Ihsan Yilmaz.

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