One course in art history/permission of the instructor.
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Prof. Dr. Ahmet ÇAYCI is Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Director of the Islamic Art History Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. A specialist in the old of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, his expertise ranges from symbolism and iconography to 19th century European photographs of the Middle East. The author of over ten books, Professor Cayci has presented papers in many countries including Jordan, Hungary, Greece, Russia and the United States. For five years now, he has also been directing the archaeological excavation of Gevale Castle on the western edge of Konya.
Dr. Kemal Enz ARGON is an Assistant Professor of the History of Religions in the Faculty of Theology at Necmettin Erbakan University. After he obtained his Master’s Degree from Hartford Seminary focusing on Islam in the modern world and writing a thesis in the area of Sufism in 2004, he received his Phd degree from Exeter University with a thesis on Islamic thought in South Asia in 2010. His area of interest covers; Islam and Modern World, mysticism, and dialogue between religious. He has been published in several academic journals and reference works in field.
Prof. Dr. Bilal KUŞPINAR is of the Director of the International Rumi Center for the Study of Civilizations at Necmettin Erbakan University. Specializing in the history of medieval philosophy, his research investigates the various philosophical and mystical traditions that nourished in Islamic civilization. Prior to joining Konya Necmettin Erbakan University, he taught at several universities, including the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Concordia and McGill Universities, Montreal, and Ahlia University, Bahrain. Author of three books, he has also participated in many international conferences and seminars in his field.
Dr. Kemal Enz ARGON is an Assistant Professor of the History of Religions in the Faculty of Theology at Necmettin Erbakan University. After he obtained his Master’s Degree (2004) from Hartford Seminary with a thesis in the field of Sufism, he received his Phd degree from Exeter University with a thesis (2010) about Islamic intellectual history in South Asia. His interests are in Islam and the Modern World, Islamic mysticism, and peace- building between world religions. He has been published in academic journals and reference works in his field.
Dr. Zekeriya ŞİMŞİR is an Assistant Professor at Islamic Art History Department of Necmettin Erbakan University. Besides the being an expert on Islamic ornamentation, he is also a great calligrapher. Dr. Zekeriya ŞİMŞİR is also expert on Historical Site Conservation. He has many publications about Architecture and Architectural decoration of the periods of Seljuks and Ottoman. For five years now, he has also been the first deputy managing director of the archaeological excavation of Gevale Castle on the western edge of Konya.
Dr. İlker Mete MİMİROĞLU is the director of the Early Christian and Byzantine Arts Department and an Assistant Professor of Art History Department of Necmettin Erbakan University. He is an expert on Early Christian and Byzantine Arts. He has many books translated in different languages. He is also working as a consultant in the restoration of some important churches in Turkey.
Fatma Şeyma BOYDAK is a Research Assistant of Turkish Islamic Arts History the Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. She is especially working on the Anatolian Seljuk and Anatolian Principalities Bookbindings. In addition to the academic studies, she makes applications of marbling and the Seljuk- Ottoman Bookbinding Art. She has many articles in this field of the arts.
Sami NADDAH is a lecturer of the Traditional Turkish Arts and Calligraphy Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. He participated in many international exhibitions, especially in Istanbul, Konya and such cities as, Damascus, London, Shangai, Algeria and Lisbon with his works and researches of calligraphy. He lectures on Calligraphy Design, Ecoles in the Art of Calligraphy, History of the Art of Calligraphy, Preparation for Book Arts and Principles of Design. In addition to his mother tongue Arabic, he knows Turkish, Ottoman, Persian and English.
Dr. Ali Fuat BAYSAL is the Chair of Traditional Turkish Arts Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. Previous to this appointment, he worked as a manuscript specialist in the Konya Regional Manuscripts Library and served as Chair of the Traditional Turkish Arts Department of Selçuk University, Konya. Professor Baysal is an expert on Islamic ornamentation. Since completing his Ph. D., he has published several books and articles in the field. Dr. Ali Fuat BAYSAL is also an accomplished artist and has taken part in many group exhibitions dedicated to the book arts.
Dr. Hacer KARA is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History Department at Necmettin Erbakan University. Her research covers Bookbinding Arts, and Turkish Handcrafts. She has many articles in this field arts. In addition to her academic studies, she makes applications in Felt and Bookbinding Arts.
Many students from diferent countries, such as USA, Egypt, Bosnia and Maleysia, attended our course, and they have gained an understanding of the stylistic, historical, and social importance of the medieval Islamic art and architecture of Konya and of its place in the broader framework of Islamic art history by learning and enjoying our teachings and field trips.
Please note that summer courses will soon be offered by other members of our international staff including :
Dr. Seraj Ahsan, Ph.D. University of New Delhi Area of Specialization: Modern Islam
Dr. Tarik Mesud Quadir, Ph. D. Birmingham Area of Specialization: Perennial Philosophy, Islamic Environmentalism