Zeyneb Sayilgan, Ph.D., is the Henry Luce Visiting Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism. She joined the VTS faculty in 2014. Her areas of expertise include Global Christianity, Contemporary Islamic Ethics, and Nursi Studies. Before coming to VTS, she taught at Georgetown University and Catholic University of America.
Dr. Sayilgan obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Islamic Studies and Law at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany in 2004. In 2008, she graduated from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut with a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations. From 2014-2015, Doctor Zeyneb Sayilgan was the Senior Fellow for Peace and Reconciliation and Luce Visiting Muslim Scholar at the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) at VTS. Her doctoral research at Georgetown University’s theology department focused on the intersection of Islamic theology and immigration.
Her position as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism is fully funded by the Louisville Institute, and her selection by that foundation as one of only five Postdoctoral Fellows is a signal accomplishment and an indication of her promise for scholarship and teaching.