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Ozgur Koca spent ten years of his life teaching physics, mathematics and astronomy in different countries. After years of quantitative study he decided to journey to a new perspective and started studying theology and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. He is currently working on his dissertation which examines the metaphysics of causation in al-Ghazali, Ibn al-Arabi and Said Nursi. His studies focus on Islamic Philosophy-Theology, Islamic Mysticism, Contemporary Religion and Science Discussion, Environmental Ethics, Interreligious Discourse, and Contemporary Islamic Movements and Ideologies.
B.S. - Marmara University
M.A. - Fatih University
Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University, in progress
Recent Publications / Achievements
"An Attempt at Understanding the Gulen (Hizmet) Movement's Vision of Itself" in East and West Encounters, ed. Jeff Yavuz (University of Southern California Press, 2009) pp. 85-97.
"The Prophet of Islam and Environmental Activism" Claremont Journal of Religion (forthcoming)
"Experiential Reasoning of Revelation: Al-Ghazali's Qur'anic Contextualization of Mystical Experience in al-Munqidh min al-dalal (Rescuer From Error)" Trevecca Nazarene University: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Philosophy and Religious Experience, March 2012.
"The Metaphysics of Unity in Diversity: The Ontology of Divine Self-Disclosure and Peace" Albania Beder University, International Conference on Humanities: Spiritual Quest in Humanities, Albania, May 2012.
"Said Nursi's Analysis of the Relationship of the Divine Names and the Content of the Qur'an" AAR Annual Meeting, Santa Clara University: Sacred Texts and Sacred Communities, March 2012.