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Gonca Aydin

Known For: Vice-President of the Union of Muslim Theologians and Islamic Religious Researchers, Shura Council Member
Dates: Hijri 1393 – Present (AH)
Common Era 1974 – Present (CE)
Country: Germany

About

Gonca Aydin is Vice President of the Union of Muslim Theologians and Islamic Religious Researchers in Germany. Ms. Aydin co-founded the Union in 2007; the Union seeks to lead a dialogue about Islam, build bridges with other religions, and discuss ways to teach German students about Islam. Ms. Aydin is a leader in promoting inter-religious and intercultural dialogue in Frankfurt, Germany. She created the Interfaith and Intercultural Women’s Network, a group of about 40 women from various religious, cultural, and occupational backgrounds. She has also worked as an instructor for inter-religious dialogue at DITIB-Frankfurt (The Turkish Islamic Union of Religious Institutes). For her interfaith activities, Ms. Aydin received an award from the mayor of Frankfurt.  She was selected by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) as one of the People of the Week. Ms. Aydin is also a respected theologian and frequent participant in discussions about Islam.

Ms. Aydin attended Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, where she studied Islamic Theology. From 2003-2007 she was at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, studying Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the pedagogy and sociology of religion.

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