Associate Director of The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilization at UNC
Dr. F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar is the Associate Director of The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Zülfikar has taught courses on Islam, Muslim Civilizations, Sufism, History of the Middle East and Turkish at both UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Dr. Zülfikar studied the economic, institutional and social history of the awqaf of the Ottoman Empire. Her special interests are in charitable endowments and their activities as civil society institutions, and Sufism (Islamic Mysticism). Her research is based on original endowment documents from Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi’s Sufi shrine complex in Istanbul, which records charitable community activities from the 16th to the 20th centuries. She is now currently working on her book project about the contemporary Sufi master Kenan Rifai’s approach to Secularism, Fundamentalism and Islam in 20th century. Dr. Zülfikar has also been studying Turkey’s Sufi-Muslim women’s activities and she serves as a connecting point between Turkey and North Carolina, USA. She translated Carl Ernst’s world-wide recognized, award winning book Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World into Turkish. She received her Ph.D degree in History from Hacettepe University.