Assistant Professor

betul.avci@ihu.edu.tr

Education

BA : English Language and Literature, Istanbul University, 1998.
MA : MA - Marmara University, History of Religions, 2000.
STL (M.Div.) - Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Interreligious Studies, 2002.
MA - University of Chicago, Islamic Studies, 2009.
PhD : Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Missiology, 2012.

Areas of Interest

Comparative theology, (Christian) theology of religions, Muslim-Christian relations, theologies of history in Muslim and Christian traditions, progressive theories of history, kalima-logos theologies in Muslim and Christian traditions, contemporary Muslim study of Christianity.

Short Biography

Betül Avcı is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Ibn Haldun University. Her research interests include comparative theology, (Christian) theology of religions, Muslim-Christian relations, Christian and Islamic theologies of history, progressive theories of history, kalima-logos theologies in Muslim and Christian traditions, contemporary Muslim study of Christianity. Avcı holds a B.A. from Istanbul University, M.A. degrees from Marmara University and the University of Chicago, and S.T.L. (M.Div.) and S.T.D. (Th.D.) degrees from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana.

Awards

  • 2013 Building Bridges Seminar Fellowship, Georgetown University, A.B.D. 2013
  • The University of Chicago, Divinity School Graduate Fellowship, Chicago 2003-2009
  • Joseph M. Kitagawa Award, Chicago 2004-2005
  • Wissenchaft College zu Berlin Fellowship, Berlin 2004
  • The MISSIO Foundation Fellowship for Catholic Studies, Aachen 2000-2003
  • The Catholic Near East Welfare Ass. Fellowship, New York 2001-2003
  • Pontificia Università Gregoriana Graduate Fellowship, Rome 2001-2003
  • Nostra Aetate, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Award, Vatican 2000- 2001

Academic Publications

ARTICLES

  • “Comparative Theology: An Alternative to Religious Studies or Theology of Religions?” Religions 2018, 9, 83–WOS:000428514500019.
  • “A Muslim’s Approach to Interrelational Learning: Comparative Theology and Scriptural Reasoning” Religions 2018, 9 (under review).
  • “Tamamlayıcı Teolojiyi Tamamlayan Öge: Logos”, Kutadgu Bilig, 32 (Dec. 2016), pp. 45-66.
  • “Aramızdaki Ortak Kelime: Müslüman-Hıristiyan İlişkilerinde Güncel Bir Söz”, Yalova Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, 7/12 (May-Oct. 2016), pp. 237-254.
  • “Dinler Tarihçisinin Anlamayı Hedefleyen Bir İmanlı Olarak Portresi: Joachim Wach”, İnsan ve Toplum, 5/10 (2016), pp. 73-91.
  • “Character of Suhan in Şeyh Gâlib’s Romance, Hüsn ü Aşk (Beauty and Love)”, Archivum Ottomanicum, 32 (2015), pp. 279-293.
  • “Joachim Wach’ın Religionswissenschaft Çerçevesinde İslam Dinine Yaklaşımı”, İstanbul Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, 30 (2014), pp. 195-216.
  • “Religion of the Hebrews in Eusebius: A Comparison between Church History and Preparation for the Gospel”, Medeniyet ve Klasik, Istanbul, 2008.
  • “Reflections on Dialogue: Life Experiences”, Encounter, Rome, 2002.
  • “Hıristiyanlıkta ve Kur’an Tefsirlerinde Hz. İsa’nın Mucizeleri”, Dîvân, Istanbul, 2000.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • “Abdülehad Dâvûd’un İncil ve Salîb Adlı Eserinde İncil’e Yaklaşımı”, IV. Symposium on Religious Studies, Alanya, Antalya, 3-5 May 2018.
  • “Qur’anic Reading of History and Prophethood: An Exercise in Comparative Theology”, Shifting Locations – Reshaping Methods, Lublin, Poland, 15-19 April 2015.
  • “A Common Word’ and the future of Muslim-Christian dialogue: Conference”, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland, 6-7 Dec. 2013.
  • 12th Building Bridges Seminar, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar, 27-29 May 2013.
  • “Türkiye’de Hıristiyanlık Çalışmaları: Yeni Bir Oksidentalizm mi?”, Istanbul, Feb. 2012.
  • “Misyonerlik Neden Gündemimizde?”, Istanbul, Dec. 2011.
  • “Hz. İsa ve Hıristiyanlık,” Istanbul, Dec. 2011.
  • “Dreams and Imagination According to Ibn al-‘Arabī: He/not He”, Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 3-4 April 2009.
  • “Mukayeseli Din Çalışmaları: Türkiye, Vatikan ve ABD’den Birer Örnek”, Istanbul, 2008.
  • “Şeyh Gâlib: An Ottoman Sufi of Istanbul and his Famous Romance Beauty and Love”, Istanbul, 2008.
  • “Muslim Perspective on Inter-religious Dialogue”, Catholic Education and Interreligious Dialogue 40 Years after Nostra Aetate, Rome, 27 Oct. 2004.
  • “Experiences of Inter-religious Dialogue”, Call to a New Vision of Others and of Ourselves through Inter-religious Dialogue: Focused on Islam, Rome, 19-23 Mayıs 2003.
  • “Revelation as Progressive: Augustine’s Philosophy of History”, The Hermeneutics of Border: Canon and Community in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 3-13 August 2003.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “Derviş Mehmed”, In D. Thomas, J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History: Ottoman and Safavid Empires (1600-1700), Vol. 10, pp. 86-89, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
  • “Atinalı Mühtedi Mehmed”, In D. Thomas, J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History: Ottoman and Safavid Empires (1600-1700), Vol. 10, pp. 168-171, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
  •  “Derviş Ali Nakşibendi”, In D. Thomas, J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers (forthcoming).
  •  “Abd al-Aḥad Dāwūd”, In D. Thomas, J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers (forthcoming).