Ozgur Koca

Assistant Prof. of Islamic Studies

Craig 107

Özgür Koca spent ten years of his life teaching physics, mathematics and astronomy in different countries. After years of quantitative research he decided to journey to new perspectives in the fields of philosophy and religion. His studies in these diverse fields allow him to draw on the resources of science, philosophy, and theology to develop a constructive Islamic theology that can address the burning ethical, spiritual, political, and religious issues Muslim societies face today. His studies focus on Islamic Philosophy-Theology-Spirituality, Science and Religion Discussion, Environmental Ethics, Interreligious Discourse, and Contemporary Islamic Movements and Ideologies.

He is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals including Science, Religion, and Culture; and Journal of Dialogue Studies. He is a sought after speaker on topics ranging from science-and-religion discussion to religious extremism. He has a deep commitment to students and dedicated to the craft of teaching.

As an activist he organizes and guides interfaith-intercultural dialogue trips to European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian countries and writes for local and international newspapers on current issues concerning religion and society.


B.S. Physics--Marmara University
M.A. Philosophy--Fatih University
Ph.D. Religious Studies--Claremont Graduate University

Recent Publications / Achievements

"Islam and Violence: When "From Within" Meets "From Without"" Science Culture and Religion, Vol. 2, Issue 1, (March 2015), pp. 17-20

“Islamic Spirituality: Doctrines and Practices” in A Companion on the Journey: Providing Spiritual Guidance for People of Various Religious Traditions (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2014)

“Ibn Arabi’s Doctrine of Causality and Occasionalism”, in Occasionalism East and West (Kalam Media and Research Center, 2015)

"Late Ottoman Occasionalism," in Occasionalism East and West (Kalam Media and Research Center, 2015) " Gazzalî'nin Islam Dusuncesine Katkilari (Gazzalî's contribution to Islamic Thought)" Muhafazakar Dusunce Dergisi, 2015

"Fethullah Gulen's Construction of "the Other"," Vol 1. Issue 2, Journal of Dialogue Studies, 2015 “The Prophet of Islam – Muhammad and Environmental Activism” Claremont Journal of Religion, Vol. 1, Issue 2, (January 2012), pp. 126-135

“From Process to God: A Muslim’s Critical Engagement with Charles Hartshorne” ISAM (Turkish Journal of Islamic Studies) 26 (2011), pp. 81-92

“An Attempt at Understanding the Gulen (Hizmet) Movement`s Vision of Itself” in East and West Encounters: The Gulen (Hizmet) Movement, Conference Proceedings, (Los Angeles, 2009) pp. 85-97