Dr. Abdulhamit Birisik was born in Gaziantep-Turkey in 1963. He graduated from the Faculty of Theology, Marmara University (MUIF), Istanbul in 1987. He did his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1996) in the Tafsir Department of MUIF. As a part of his Ph.D. studies he learned Urdu and collected materials from Pakistan and India between 1992 and 1994. He has been in the University of Manchester, UK to conduct researches at the centers of research (1995-1996). After returning back to Turkey he completed his dissertation in November 1996 at MUIF. The title of dissertation was “Urdu Tafsirs of Indo-Pak Subcontinent and The Contribution of Ahl-e Qur’an Scholars to Qur’anic Studies”.
With regards to professional experience and career, Dr. Birisik has worked at the Ottoman Dolmabahce Palace as expert and then at the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives as researcher. He joined to the Centre for Islamic Studies (an affiliated institution of Turkish Religious Foundation) as a research fellow in 1990. This institution has great reputation in the field of Islamic studies in Turkey as well as in abroad; particularly his product 46 volumes “The Encyclopedia of Islam (DIA)” has great scientific and academic value. Dr. Birisik contributed to DIA as writer and head of Tafseer Department many years and wrote more than 70 articles such as “Qur’an”, “Qiraat”, “Israiliyat”, “Mufassir”, “Tafsir”, “Uloom al-Qur’an”, “Urdu Literature on Holy Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)”, “India: Islamic Studies and Islamic Institutions”, “Madrasa Education in Indo-Pak Subcontinent”, “Pakistan: Constitution, Religious, Social and Cultural Life, Education”, “Mahmud Hasan Deobandi”, “Rahmatullah Hindi Kairanwi”, “Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi”, “Amin Ahsan Islahi”, “Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi”, “Pir Karam Shah al-Azhari” …
Dr. Birisik worked in Uludağ University, Bursa-Turkiye between 2001 and 2013, then he moved to Marmara University, Istanbul-Turkiye where he has been serving as Professor of Tafsir and Qur’anic Sciences. He is appointed at 3th of January, 2018 as Dean for the Faculty of Theology, Pamukkale University, Denizli-Turkiye.
As regards to his teaching experiences in abroad, he was invited to Magtimguli Turkmen State University, Ashgabad as Tafsir Lecturer and stayed there two years (1999-2001). He also worked in the International Islamic University (IIUI) Faculty of Islamic Studies (2007-2008) and Qatar University (2008-2011) as visiting professor of Tafsir. He became Deputy Dean of Faculty of Islamic Studies in IIUI for 8 months. The last university where he worked as professor of Tafsir was The Near East University Faculty of Theology, Northern Cyprus (2016-2017).
- Faculty of Theology
- Basic Islamic Sciences
- Department of Qur'anic Commentary