Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky was born and raised in Istanbul, 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 accepted with honors. In 2008, he traveled to Syria as a Fulbright fellow to conduct research concerning the Ḥanafi school of Islamic law.
Dr. Muhammed had the opportunity to study classical Islamic texts with Arab, Turkish, and Indian ʿUlamāʾ. In Damascus he benefited from the lessons of Shaykhs Dr. Nur al-Din ʿItr and Dr. Isam Eido, the blind scholar Hassan al-Hindi, and Muhammad Naʾīm al-Araqsusi. In Istanbul, he learned from Shaykhs Mehmet Savas, Ahmet Akin Cigman, Seyyid Ahmet Gezer, Seyyid Abdurrahman Balca, and Abdurrahman Ercan Elbinsoy. Since 2005, he has continued to study with Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia. He has received ijāzāt from Shaykhs Mohammed Amin Kholwadia, Dr. Nur al-Din ʿItr, and Samir al-Nass. Dr. Muhammed’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), Sufism, and Islamic bioethics. He teaches courses on Arabic, Islamic Law, and Islamic Theology.
His publications include:
Stodolsky, Muhammed Volkan and Mohammed Amin Kholwadia. “Physician’s Juristic Role.” In Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Apr 4, 2018. <http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/article/opr/t343/e0271>
Arozullah, Ahsan & Padela, Aasim & Stodolsky, M. & Kholwadia, M.. (2018). Causes and Means of Healing: An Islamic Ontological Perspective. Journal of Religion and Health. 10.1007/s10943-018-0666-3.
Stodolsky, Muhammed Volkan Yıldıran. “El-Azamî’nin Müsteşriklere Yaklaşımı: Dinler ve Kültürler Arası Yöntem Farkı ve Kullanımları [al-Azami’s Approach to Orientalists: Interreligious and Intercultural Difference in Methodology and Application].” In Mustafa Muhammed el-Azamî: Hayatı-Fikirleri-Katkıları. Edited by Bilal Aybakan and Abdüssamet Sarıkaya. Istanbul: Ibn Haldun University, 2019.