Philip Dorroll argues that Turkish Islamic theology is in fact a distinct tradition of Islamic theological thought, shaped by the unique social conditions of the Turkish Republic. Tracking the emergence and development of this tradition over time, Dorroll examines the key themes of theology in the Turkish Republic; themes such as nationalism and democracy; conceptions of God and humanity; the definition of religion itself and theological arguments for secularism; and theologies of human rights, gender and sexuality. In doing so, he provides an important historical and conceptual map to the vast territory of modern Turkish theology.
Philip Dorroll is an Associate Professor of Religion at Wofford College and Co-Chair of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit of the American Academy of Religion. He teaches courses on Islamic Studies and Eastern Christian Studies, such as Introduction to Islam, Premodern Islam, Contemporary Islam, Eastern Christianity, and Christian and Islamic Theology in Comparative Perspective. His published research has focused on the history of Islamic theology in classical Arabic and modern Turkish, the history of Eastern Christian theology in classical Arabic, and the historical relationship between Muslims and Eastern Orthodox Christians. His current work focuses on issues of human rights and comparative theology in the study of Islam and Orthodox Christianity, especially with a view toward understanding what these traditions' interactions with one another can teach us about the possibilities of pluralism and the advancement of human rights in contemporary societies. His other published work includes Islamic Theology in the Turkish Republic from Edinburgh University Press and the edited volume Māturīdī Theology: A Bilingual Reader from Mohr Siebeck (with Lejla Demiri and Dale Correa). He is currently co-chair of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit of the American Academy of Religion and a member of the editorial board for the journal SALT: An Orthodox Journal of Cross-Cultural Theology, Dialogue, and Mission. He received his B.A. from Purdue University, his M.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from Emory University.