Dr. Zuleyha Colak is a Senior Lecturer and coordinator of Turkish and Ottoman Language program at the Middle Eastern Studies Department at Columbia University. Previously she taught at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis in Global Studies department between 2005-2010. She received her B. A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Istanbul University, Turkey (1998). She holds two masters’ degrees, one in Arabic Literature at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey (2000), and one in Central Eurasian Studies/Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies at Indiana University (2003). Her PhD dissertation is on the portrayal of women in the Biblical and Quranic Joseph Story from Indiana University in 2010. She has been a board member at the Respect Graduate School and voluntarily teaching courses on Islam.