Liaison, Department of Theology
Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky was born and raised in Isṭanbūl, Turkey. He received his undergraduate education at Bates College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors in History. As a Beinecke fellow, he completed his M.Phil. degree in Classical and Medieval Islamic History at Oxford University. At the University of Chicago, he studied in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, completing an M.A. degree and his Ph.D. dissertation, which was recently accepted with honors. In 2008, he traveled to Syria as a Fulbright fellow to conduct research concerning the Ḥanafi school of Islamic law.
Dr. Volkan had the opportunity to study classical Islamic texts with ʿArab, Turkish, and Indian ʿUlamāʾ. In Damascus, he benefited from the lessons of Dr. Nur al-Din ʿItr and his student Dr. Isam Eido, the blind scholar Hassan al-Hindi, and Muhammad Naʾīm al-Araqsusi. In Isṭanbūl, he learned from Shaykhs Mehmet Savas, Ahmet Akin Cigman, Seyyid Ahmet Gezer, Seyyid Abdurrahman Balca, and Abdurrahman Ercan Elbinsoy. Last but not least, during his time in Chicago, he has studied with Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia. Dr. Volkan’s research interests include Islamic law and legal history, historiography, the instrumental Islamic sciences (syntax, semantics, logic, and rhetoric), Hadith and its methodology, Islamic theology (especially the Māturīdī school), and Sufism.