Medieval Islamic Mysticism Expert Joins Staff

The Centre for Religious Studies welcomes a new Lecturer in semester 2, who brings new expertise in medieval Islamic mysticism to the CMRS community. Here we profile Dr Aydogan Kars, who arrives from the USA to take up his lectureship shortly:

Dr Aydogan Kars
Dr Aydogan Kars

Aydogan was born and grew up in Turkey. He received his B.S. at Hacettepe University and M.A. at the Middle East Technical University. He worked four years for the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion at Vanderbilt University. 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 will begin serving in the Centre for Religious Studies at Monash University as a Lecturer in Islamic and Interreligious Studies.

Aydogan’s primary research field is medieval Islamicate intellectual history with a focus on mysticism and theology. He is particularly interested in medieval negative theologies and negative speech performances (apophaticism). Currently he is preparing a book manuscript titled Negative Theology in Islam: Unsaying God in Medieval Sufism. The book examines the intellectual formations and historical developments of negative speech performances in medieval Islam, specifically negative theological paths that flourished among Sufis.