Dr Aydogan Kars

Aydogan Kars is a Lecturer in the Centre for Religious Studies and the Coordinator of the Islamic Studies Program at Monash University. He received his B.S. in Economics at Hacettepe University and an M.A. in Philosophy at the Middle East Technical University, both in Ankara, Turkey. Aydogan worked four years for the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey in the Social Science and Humanities Research Grant Committee. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Religion at Vanderbilt University in the United States. He worked four years for the Divinity Library at Vanderbilt as the bibliographer in the fields of Islamic Studies and World Religions. During the 2015-2016 academic year Aydogan served as a Visiting Faculty and Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the Middle Tennessee State University. In July 2016 he began serving in the Centre for Religious Studies at Monash University. His primary research field is medieval Islamic intellectual history. His first book, Negative Theology in Islam is currently under contract with Oxford University Press. You can find an updated list of his publications here: http://monash.academia.edu/aydogankars

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Centre for Religious Studies, Monash University (2016-current)
  • Visiting Faculty and Dissertation Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University (2015-2016)
  • Teaching Assistant and Instructor at Vanderbilt University (2011-2015)

Academic Areas of Interest

  • Islamic mysticism (focus: Sufism)
  • Medieval philosophy (focus: Arabic and Islamic philosophy)
  • Apophasis, negative theology and discourse
  • Islamic theology
  • Comparative philosophy and religion
  • Hermeneutics, phenomenology

Research profile