I received my PhD degree in Political Science (Political Philosophy) from Sabancı University in August 2016. I wrote my dissertation on Muhammad Iqbal’s (1877-1938) philosophy and political theology. Between 2012 and 2013, I was a visiting researcher at the department of Study of Religions at Södertörn University. Between 2013 and 2014, I was a visiting researcher at the department of Political Science at Yale University. My research interests include 19th and 20th century Continental, Muslim and Ottoman-Turkish philosophy and political theory. Currently, I am working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University.
Below you can read/listen to two poems I like very much – one from Muhammad Iqbal, and one from a Turkish Sufi thinker, Yunus Emre.
Payam-i Mashriq (Message of the East)
“What should I do? My nature does not like to rest at a fixed place,
My heart is like the winds that blow over the poppy fields.
When I behold a beautiful face of a beloved,
My heart soon after begins to beat for a more beautiful one.
From the spark I march on in quest of the Star, from the Star on to the Sun.
I have no final goal, for I shall die if I am at rest.
I am in search of that end which does not exist,
But I go on with restless eyes and a hopeful heart.
The heart of a lover would die in an eternal Paradise,
For there is no cry of pain, no sorrow, nor a sympathiser.”
Hak Bir Gönül Verdi Bana (God Gave Me A Heart/Soul) – Yunus Emre