Professor for Comparative Theology in Islamic Perspective, Humboldt University Berlin
Ufuk Topkara is a Muslim theologian and Assistant Professor for Comparative Theology in Islamic Perspective at the Institute for Islamic Theology, Humboldt University in Berlin. Topkara’s research centers on the convergence of reason and revelation and brings Islamic theology into discourse with modern philosophy. In his most recent book Miskawayh’s Tahdib al-ahlaq: Happiness, Justice, and Friendship (Routledge, 2022), Topkara illustrates how Miskawayh, the founder of Islamic Moral Philosophy, integrates and modifies Aristotle’s Ethics into Islamic thought. Previously, Topkara was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Humility and Conviction in Public Life Program of the University of Connecticut and a Residential Fellow with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Through his work at the Jewish Museum Berlin and various other engagements, Topkara has been promoting interreligious dialogue. He was a Humanity in Action Fellow in New York and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Humanity in Action-Lantos Fellow in Washington, D.C. Topkara was educated at Humboldt University of Berlin and Harvard University, where he studied history and philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Islamic Theology at the University of Paderborn (2017).