Islamic theology scholar
Hulya Alper is an assistant professor of Islamic Theology at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Marmara. She is the first and only female assistant of Islamic Theology in Turkey. Hulva was born in Bursa, Turkey. She began her religious education at Uskudar Imam-Khatip , a religious high school. After graduating in 1987, she attended the Faculty of Divinity at Marmara University in Istanbul. She received her master’s degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at the Department of Theology at Marmara University. Later on she earned her PhD with a thesis entitled “A Problem of Kalam: the Psychological Structure of Faith” which was published in 2002. During the same year, she was a visiting scholar at the Dar al-Ulum Faculty at Cairo University. To date, she has published many articles and participated in a number of conferences about Islam and the role of women in Islam. Hulya is also one of the founders of Kadikoy Irfan Foundation which was established and managed by women to support the women and children who are disadvantaged and poor.