Halim Calis

Halim Calis

Qur'anic Studies

Ph: 610.419.1751 Ext. 105


BA. Ankara University
MA. Marmara University
MA. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
PhD. Candidacy The University of Chicago, Divinity School

Specialization: Qur’anic Studies, Sufism, Ottoman History, Islamic History

Halim Calis received his BA from Ankara University, Divinity School and his MA on Islamic Theology from Marmara University. He completed another MA on World Religions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is currently a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago, Divinity School. His research interests include the Qur’anic Studies, Sufism, Ottoman History and Islamic History. He is writing his dissertation on Molla Fanari (d. 1430), an Ottoman scholar who attempted to synthesize Akbari hermeneutics with classical Qur’anic exegesis. Besides the formal education Halim Calis has received, he has been studying the classical sources of Islam since 1990’s. He conducts research in English, Turkish and Arabic. He can also read French and Persian. He has published encyclopedia entries, book chapters and articles for Turkish and English magazines.