Medeniyetler İttifakı


Program Hakkında

About the Program

History of the Program

In 2005, the United Nations, by the sponsorships of the governments of Spain and Turkey,  established the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative (UNAOC) with the purpose of addressing “roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action.” In order to provide an academic basis for this vision, the Alliance of Civilizations Institute started its programme in 2010, first as part of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University in Istanbul, and since 2018, as part of Ibn Haldun University.


Multidisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Approach

The program analyzes different civilizations through a comparative perspective. The students enrolled in the program investigate civilization adopting an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach fed by various disciplines such as religion, art, literature, history, sociology and political science. The academic staff at our institute regard different disciplines not as different areas of research but as complementary perspectives that aim to explore the issues faced by humanity. Students coming to our institute from different corners of the world and bringing with them awareness of different problems, choose a particular issue which they tackle through a particular research question, and strive to answer this question through the thesis writing process.


Multilingual Education

In our courses we encourage students to be aware of the strong connections between civilizations and languages – as carriers of civilizations. Our institute by nature is multilingual as it studies multiple civilizations. While English is the language of instruction in most courses, we provide language learning support in Turkish and Arabic.


The ACI Family

Currently there are nearly hundred students at our institute, coming from forty different countries. With our diverse body of students and our esteemed academic staff from different disciplines and universities from all over the world, MEDIT/ACI is a polyphonic family. Each year we receive hundreds of applications from Turkey and abroad. We apply the highest standards in our selection process, and the selected students continue their education with full scholarship.


Our students engage in social projects and teamwork. Led by our staff and the student body in turn, we organize MA and PhD writing groups, weekly conferences and conduct research projects. Our unique academic/institutional environment cherishes and facilitates staff-student interaction and cooperation.


Program Outcomes

We believe that at the heart of academic inquiry lies the ability to problematize the familiar. Therefore, our program encourages students to perceive and pursue what is problematic in the most normalised social, political, cultural and religious practices of their own milieu. The institute thus works to inspire students to undertake projects guided by such original questions that have been formulated through the knowledge of the literature. Formulating questions are thus an integral part of the education at the institute.

By the completion of civilisation studies PhD program, student will be able to


–        Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of seemingly simple social, cultural and political phenomenon

–        Compare the main characteristics of world civilizations

–        Compare different theoretical approaches and their core concepts in civilisation studies

–        Explain a subject in interdisciplinary and critical manner

–        Relate their research endeavour in humanities and social sciences to their ethical and moral aspect

–        Distinguish micro-dynamics in macro structures and vice versa

–        Develop a research question and express it in due format

–        Develop argumentative skills

–        Analyse a contemporary problem with civilisation studies perspective

–        Design a research project on the subject matter under study

–        Gain competence in three languages: Turkish, Arabic, English

–        Demonstrate that they have a good grasp of the research that has already been done in their field of study

–        Identify how certain questions concerning the field have been solved and thus gain knowledge about the methodology in the field of civilization studies

–        Apply his/her knowledge of field and method to a particular case study or a topic

–        Compare different concepts of civilizations through main and classical foundational texts

–        Identify the relevance of contemporary issues in classical texts

–        Demonstrate advanced understanding of two civilizations

–        Demonstrate competence in critically evaluating cutting edge ideas and relate civilisational problems with a focus on the issue areas that has not yet been adequately explored

–        Develop an idea that poses and solves an original problem to build on and contribute to existing literature

Qualification Awarded


Students who have completed all the required courses and their chosen electives, and then defended their thesis successfully gain the right of receiving a doctoral degree from the Department of Civilization Studies


Admission and Registration Requirements


Click here for PhD application and admission requirements.


Specific Admission Requirements


The admissions of international students are subject to related regulations

The number of international student places, the dates for application and registration, the tuition fees are determined by the Board of Trustees. More detailed information can be found in the links in item 5.



Recognition of Prior Learning


Students who have gained admission after having studied at another higher education establishments can ask for transfer of credit for the courses they have completed successfully at their previous higher education establishment.



The Board of the institute may accept or reject the application.




Curriculum/ Courses



Assessment and Grading



For matters concerning exams and other assessment, the institute is subject to 23rd article of Ibn Haldun University Education and Exam Regulations for Graduate Studies





Graduation Requirements


–        Having completed all the courses required at the department they are enrolled in ( PhD:264 AKTS) successfully

–        Having achieved a GPA of  2,00 and above

–        Having completed and defended PhD thesis


Employment Opportunities

Our students may be employed:


Academic staff



Publishing sector

State administration

International Organizations

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