Born and raised in Turkey, Fatih Harpci has B.A. in theology from Marmara University in Istanbul. Prof. Harpci’s goal is to contribute to inter-religious dialogue especially among Christians and Muslims. In preparing to meet that goal, he wrote his master’s thesis on the necessity for interfaith dialogue and earned MATS from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Prof. Harpci received his Ph.D. in religion (Islamic Studies) from Temple University in Philadelphia. He came to Carthage as Assistant Professor from St. Lawrence University in New York.
Prof. Harpci’s research areas include comparative religion, Christian-Muslim relations, Islamic history, and Islamic eschatology. His Ph.D. dissertation examines the Hadiths reports of Prophet Muhammad’s words about and attitudes toward Jesus (‘Isa in Arabic). The study focuses especially on Prophet Muhammad’s statements concerning Jesus’ second coming and his messianic roles toward the End Times.
Prof. Harpci presented papers at academic conferences, such as the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He has been a frequent presenter in congregations and community groups on Islam as well as on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue. He is the author of “Gülen’s Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue” and co-author of “Prophet Muhammad: The Sultan of Hearts 2 volumes.” He writes articles for The Fountain, a bi-monthly magazine of scientific and spiritual thought, and for Today’s Zaman, an English-language daily based in Turkey. He is also the content editor for Tughra Books, NJ.
Born and raised in Turkey, Fatih Harpci has B.A. in theology from Marmara University in Istanbul, and a Ph.D. in religion (Islamic Studies) from Temple University in Philadelphia. His goal is to contribute to inter-religious dialogue especially among Christians and Muslims.
Assistant Professor of Religion
- Ph.D. in Religion — Temple University, Philadelphia, 2013.
- MATS (summa cum laude) — Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2010.
- B.A. in Theology — Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003
- REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
- REL 3120 Islam (two sections)
Prof. Harpci’s research interests include Comparative Religions, Christian-Muslim Relations, Islamic History, Islamic Eschatology, Interpretation of the Qur’an, andn Sufism (Islamic Spirituality).
- Prophet Muhammad: The Sultan of Hearts 2 volumes. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2014 (co-author)
- Gülen’s Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2013
- “A Common Word: Global Faith and Pluralism in Islam,” in Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You” by Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
- “Parents: The First Teachers in the School of Humanity,” Fountain, Issue 101 / September - October 2014
- “A Subject of the Divine Promises: Ishmael,” Fountain, Issue 93 / May – June 2013
- “Forgiveness: A Prophetic Example,” Fountain, Issue 84 / November - December 2011
- “Honoring Our Parents,” Fountain, Issue 72 / November - December 2009
- “Fasting in Abrahamic Religions,” Today’s Zaman, August 01, 2012 page 9
- “Fasting as Individual and Communal Discipline,” Today’s Zaman, July 28, 2012 page 9
- “Ramadan, Interfaith Dialogue, Tolerance,” Today’s Zaman, July 21, 2012 page 9
- “Islamic Hospitality,” Today’s Zaman, July 20, 2012, page 6