Second Round of Applications to the ACI MA and Ph.D. Program Has Started

ACI is now accepting applications to 2 positions in MA and 1 position to its Ph.D. program as part of the late application period.

For M.A. Apply: 

For Ph.D. Application Apply:


Registration Guide


Registration Procedures for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Students who admitted at our university, are expected to complete their final registration by coming personally to our Başakşehir Campus.

Registrations will be carried out between the dates of September 10th – 14th, 2018,  and the hours of 9.00-16.00.

Required Documents for Registration

  1. Original diploma or interim certificate of graduation for Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
  2. Original transcript of Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency Certificate (TOEFL, PTE Academic, YDS, etc.)
  4. Passport
  5. Residence Permit or Student visa
  6. 4 photographs (Taken in last 6 months)
  7. A copy of your pass book if you have an account in any Turkish Bank 

* Equivalence approval of the universities students got the Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees will be asked from the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK). This approval is a legal requirement for international students to be able to enroll in graduate programs at Turkish universities. Registration will be valid only if the equivalence of the university is approved by YÖK.

Important Informations

  • Students have to show up personally for registration. Postal service is not allowed.
  • If registration documents are not in Turkish or English, translations of them are required, received from certified translation offices.
  • Unstamped or copied documents are not accepted during final registration.
  • Registration cannot be completed with missing or falsified documents.
  • Legal action is to be taken against those who submit falsified documents.

For questions and inquiries about registration, do not hesitate to contact us via

Admitted International Students for ACI MA and PhD programs for the Academic Year 2018 – 2019

M.A Admitted List

Sherife Slocum Arslan
Najam Tahirkheli
Thomas Parker
Aamirah Patel
Muhammed Tahiri
Binazir Haşim-zade
Erkam Yazgan
Naushad Ilahee   (%50 Tuition Fee Scholarship)
Aliaa Ali    (%50 Tuition Fee Scholarship)
Samir Hussain    (%50 Tuition Fee Scholarship)
Sherouk Muhammad    (%50 Tuition Fee Scholarship)
Osama Ghawji  (%50 Tuition Fee Scholarship)

PhD Admitted List:

Cyrus McGoldrick
Hossein Turner
Mariya Golovacheva
Mohamed El-Moursi
Şakir Léonard Faytre

2. Traditional Iftar of ACI

On June 6, Our institute organized its traditional iftar program in the new location of the institute in Süleymaniye complex. The event was well-attended by the faculty, staff, and students along with their family members. In his welcoming speech, the rector Prof. Recep Senturk highlighted the importance of the location. He mentioned that Süleymaniye Salis Medresesi, an important center of learning during the Ottoman era, will continue hosting educational activities after a nearly century-long interruption as the new venue of ACI.

Revisiting Ottoman Reforms

The Alliance of Civilizations Institute (ACI) at Ibn Haldun University organized a workshop titled ‘Revisiting Ottoman Reforms: The Problem of Legitimacy’, co-organized by ACI, Istanbul University’s School of Theology and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, on 4-5 May at the Medrese-i Salis Building of ACI in the Süleymaniye Külliye/Complex. Participants included Recep Şentürk, Murteza Bedir, Jonathan A. C. Brown, İsmail Kara, Engin Deniz Akarlı, Samy Ayoub, Sami Erdem and Vahdettin Işık among others from Turkey and abroad.

Jonathan Brown, who gave the keynote address of the workshop on the mazālim courts, remarked that the legal developments in the late Ottoman period often get interpreted as mere outcomes of Western influence, whereas they could also be contextualized by looking at the general global trends of the 19th century towards codification and reform, which found local reverberations in regional contexts. The workshop discussed the late Ottoman legal reforms, including constitutional reforms, developments in human rights and penal law, the Mecelle, 1917 Hukuk-ı Aile Kararnamesi (1917 Decree of Family Law), and finally, developments in commercial and waqf law. Murteza Bedir said that the Ottoman legal reforms of the 19th-20th centuries were components of a greater institutional reform project also devised by the Ottoman ulema and the Şeyhülislam in light of the circumstances of the time and contemporary developments of the era. Recep Şentürk argued that the notion of equality of human beings found in the classical fiqh literature found a new, broader iteration in the discourse of the ulema in the 19th century, as a result of the expanding understanding of equality.

The contributors stressed in the final evaluation session of the workshop that the legal reforms of the late Ottoman period pose a complex phenomenon that requires alternative questions and points of reference that would do justice to the complicated nature of the developments in question. The workshop welcomed the new literature emerging in the past couple of decades bringing to light new documents of the period and new approaches to the subject. The workshop concluded with an intention to organize follow-up workshops for the study of the period in question with its political, cultural, religious aspects to develop a deeper and more nuanced scholarly understanding.