Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin, Ph. D. currently serves as Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey and is a fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. He received his Ph. D. from the George Washington University. As a broadly trained scholar of Islamic studies, he teaches courses on Islamic philosophy and Islam-West relations. His field of concentration is post-Avicennan Islamic philosophy with research interests in comparative philosophy, Muslim-Christian relations and modern Turkish history.

Dr. Kalin has published widely on Islamic philosophy and the relations between Islam and the West. He is the author of Knowledge in Later Islamic Philosophy: Mulla Sadra on Existence, Intellect and Intuition (Oxford University Press, 2010) which analyzes Mulla Sadra’s (d. 1641) attempt to recast knowledge in terms of existence and its modalities. His book Islam and the West (published in Turkish) has won the 2007 Writers Association of Turkey award for best book. He has also co-authored a major study on the Turkish perceptions of the West. He is a regular contributor to several publications on current events and Turkish foreign policy. He has contributed to various encyclopedia including MacMillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2nd edition, Encyclopedia of Religion 2nd Edition, Biographical Encyclopedia of Islamic Philosophy, Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

Dr. Kalin has lectured in various parts of the world and traveled extensively in both the Islamic and Western countries. He was a faculty member at the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross (2002-2005), Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Kalin is the founding-director of the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research based in Ankara, Turkey and served as its director from 2005 to 2009. He is also the official spokesperson for A Common Word between Us and You, a major interfaith initiative to improve Muslim-Christian relations in the 21st century.