Figure 1. A class at the Gazanfer Aga Madrasa founded in 1566 (Image from Divan-i Nadiri, Topkapi Palace Museum Library, H. 899). This short article is taken from the full article (by Professor Alparslan Acikgenc) which is available here as 24 page PDF file...
Alparslan Acikgenc was born in Erzurum, Turkey in 1952. After completing the early education, he received a B.A. degree at Ankara University, School of Theology in 1974.
Received his M.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1977); Ph. D. at The University of Chicago in 1983; he taught at the Middle East Technical University, Department of Philosophy until 1994. Between 1991 and 1993 Açıkgenç was visiting professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He joined and taught at ISTAC as Professor of Philosophy from 1995 until 1999. In 1998 he was visiting professor at The University of Jordan, Department of Philosophy, Amman.
Then he joined Fatih University as professor of philosophy, where he served also as Deputy Rector and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (1999-2010)
Acikgenc is presently Director of postgraduate studies at Yildiz Technical University. He is actively involved in community services and has done research on religious communities in Turkey.
Acikgenc is a member of Turkish Academy of Science (TUBA) and Turkish Philosophical Association and also the Co-President of Asian Philosophical Association (www.asianpa.net) At the same time he is member of the Executive Board of Milel and Nihal Association for Intellectual Platform, Culture and Education (http://www.milelvenihal.org/)