Ibn Haldun University

Social Scientist: The Observer in The Test Tube

Ibn Haldun Conference Series for high school students have started with participation of speakers who are experts in respective fields.

At the first event of this conference series on Wednesday, January 9th we hosted many students from High Schools of Başakşehir and nearby neighborhood. Conference was held at our Başakşehir Campus at Mukaddime Hall. Our President Prof. Recep Şentürk delivered a speech titled “Social Scientist: The Observer in The Test Tube” in Sociology field. He also presented on “What does a social scientist do, why and how?” Prof. Şentürk pointed out that basically social sciences are divided into two major parts; positivism and idealism. Positive thinking promotes empirical learning and possibility of perceiving natural and social sciences via scientific methods, while idealist social scientists stress out that not all methods can be applied to both natural and social sciences. Besides, not every event causes the same output everywhere. Some intents, ideas and thoughts behind social behaviors cannot be observed according to Prof. Şentürk. Prof. Şentürk also stressed out that they do not adopt neither of those approaches since they are against reductionism, “Instead, we use a comparative and multiplex approach to analyze observable and unobservable dimensions of human demeanor.” He also emphasized that we should not be an agency for the Eurocentric, Western positivist theories and approaches. Prof. Recep Şentürk added “By saying, Social scientist and observer in the test tube,” social scientist believes that he is different from other scientists since the social scientist is inevitably in the test tube’s condition, situation and position of social structure and culture. Prof. Recep Şentürk concluded his speech with an invitation to high school students who consider themselves as outstanding and distinguished in social sciences or longing to be as such in the future to visit Ibn Haldun University.

Ibn Haldun University students rolled out the dough for Baklava in Karaköy Güllüoğlu

As a part of Bonding Occasions that was launched by Health, Culture, and Sports Department of Ibn Haldun University, Karaköy Güllüoğlu was visited with 15 students on December 22, Saturday. Nadir Güllü who is the fifth generation of Güllü family that engaged in baklava around 200 years and the chairman of executive board of Karaköy Güllüoğlu has told cultural background and history of baklava. Moreover, he talked about the cooking hints of baklava while showing round. By attending the event, our students have experienced all the processes from rolling out the dough for baklava to grouting from first hand.

Nadir Güllü hosted our students in his office and answered their questions. He informed that baklava originally belonged to Ottoman Palace Cuisine, and added:  “Baklava was cooked in Ottoman Palace Cuisine 600 years ago. There was a part in palace named as “Kuşhane” where the most delicious meals were cooked. Those tastes were carried to new lands with the conquests and one of them was baklava. Antep’s baklava has become famous over time. Chefs in Antep have specialised in cooking baklava. After sometime, my father brought baklava that my grandfathers have specialised in making it in Antep to Karaköy, İstanbul. Since he has cooked it deliciously, Karaköy Güllüoğlu has become a brand and establishment that has customers including leaders, politicians, and artists from all around the world.”

“There is no high quality of baklava unless its pastry is rolled with love”

Nadir Güllü answered the question about the number of kinds of baklava as:

“Today we are cooking 15 or 16 kinds of baklava, however if we want we can do 100 types of it. Important thing is making the best, not the most.” He explained the reason of his success with 12 principles, and advised students to listen carefully, because those principles are usable in international business, administration, economy, and all interactions amongst people. The principles are “Respect and love job, responsibility, loyalty, sincerity, sustainability, keeping your word, having a system, sense of ownership, constancy, fighting against difficulties, patience, and most importantly smiling.”

“You have to respect your work. If you do not show respect, then do not keep doing that. You must love your job. There is no high quality of baklava unless its pastry is rolled with love. Is not it why the cooks of mothers is good? Why? Because they put their love while making. Responsibility is also vital. I do not let others eat baklava that I do not eat myself. I offer to customers the same baklava that my children and grandchildren eat.”

The graduate student of School of Business, Ambreen Sultan said that “I was amazed to learn that despite their successful business, they are operating only one store at the heart of Istanbul, and people around the world walk to taste their Baklava. I understood that the quality over quantity is basic to their business. I get a chance to see a successful business model based on simple values of honesty, truthfulness and genuineness. I am always curious to learn new things, and IHU SKS is always there to provide students with such cherishing opportunities. The visit was organized very well with students from seven different countries. I get a chance to learn about food cultures of other countries and to share Pakistani cuisine with my fellow participants.”


Student of School of Law, Muhammed Türen, said that participating to that event was an enjoyable experience for him. He added that “I have spent quality time with my international friends, had the chance to learn details about one of the most important elements of my culture. And, I have to say that baklava was really delicious.”

“Different Cultures in Ibn Haldun University Making Great Bonds Thanks to Bonding Occasions”

Heath, Culture, and Sports Department started event series, Bonding Occasions, to create an environment in which different cultures can be introduced and interact with each other in İbn Haldun University which holds the highest international student rate amongst universities in Turkey. Regarding that, many events that reflect Turkish culture from baklava to Turkish coffee, from Turkish Paper Marbling to traditional pottery are planned. Moreover, the event offers to meet other cultures from students and academic members are welcomed.

BADEER Gathered Investors from More Than 40 Countries

Ibn Haldun University was one of the main sponsors of BADEER Investment Platform. The 1st Business World Investment Summit, which was organized with the support of the Presidency Investment Office and the Ministry of Commerce, was held on 5-6 December at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel.


The investment summit, which brought together more than 100 local investors with nearly 300 international investors from more than 40 countries in areas such as industry, energy, tourism, construction, defense, advanced technology, agriculture, animal husbandry and health, started with the opening speeches by our university President Professor Recep Şentürk and BADEER Investment Platform President Bader Al-Saeed.


Our University Has a Great Interest from All Over the World

Professor Recep Şentürk underlined that Ibn Haldun University is an institution that gives importance to cooperation with the professional sector. “Our professors, especially in faculties and departments such as Economics, Business Administration and Law, have practiced the work experience. Our education is also intertwining theory and practice. Therefore, it is important for us to be among the regulators of this summit.”


Professor Şentürk stated that Ibn Haldun University has currently students from 53 different countries and talked briefly in his speech: “Our university has intense interest from all over the world. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, we accepted 150 of the 2,200 applications received from our graduate programs and 53 of the 3,000 applications received from our undergraduate programs. The reason for such intense interest is the values ​​represented by our university. We are not a kind of university that serves as an agency for Western ideas in Turkey, our slogan is, Intellectual Independence.”


“Interest in Turkey has Made Us Extremely Happy”

Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences at our university Professor Mustafa Kemal Yilmaz indicated that businessmen around the world expressed their desire to evaluate various investment opportunities in Turkey, “Turkey opened its arms to businessmen. Because there is a need for an investment of about 65 trillion dollars in the world right now. In developing our country, we think that making this investment in Turkey and transferring it to abroad with different opportunities, is very important. Another reason we like to add is that we want to make Turkey a R&D center. We want to make a center of entrepreneurship. By evaluating the young population of Turkey and benefiting from the incentive mechanisms provided here, both Turkey and the businessmen will win. Having this very large audience, showing a real interest in Turkey has made us extremely happy,” he said.


“Potential of Our Country is Much Higher”

At the opening speech, BADEER Investment Platform Chairman Bader Al-Saeed, advised companies that want to invest in Turkey to do good field researches. While Mehmet Fatih Kacır the Industry and Technology Deputy Minister pointed out that investment in Turkey is not only confined to the property, but they also offer significant opportunities in industry and advanced technology.

The Head of Presidential Investment Office Arda Ermut stressed out the importance of the summit saying, “we should give weight to the summit of BADEER to attract the right investments to Turkey. It is imperative to draw the direct investment in Turkey from the sector of services to the sector of industry.” Ermut also reminded that Turkey has attracted 15 billion dollars of direct investment till 2002 while since 2002 till now about 201 billion dollars of investment have been attracted, “None of us have seen this investment as enough, because we believe that the potential of our country is much higher.”

Following the opening speeches of BADEER 1st Business and Investment Opportunities Summit, Panel of “Legal Rights and State Incentives Provided to Foreign Investors in Turkey” held in moderation of Ibn Haldun University Dean of the Faculty of Law Professor Yusuf Çalıskan, continued. Professor Çalışkan pointed out that Turkey has made significant legal regulations for foreign investors in recent years; Especially that the foreign investors who have certain regulations and certain conditions can easily become Turkish citizens.

Results of 3- days Summit, targeted to withdraw a total of 3 billion dollar investments to Turkey, will be announced in a report to be released in the coming days showing the trade volume and which investors in which sectors are contributing.

Faculty of Law Signed an Academic Cooperation Agreement with One of the Most Respectable Law Schools in The USA

Ibn Haldun University Faculty of Law continues to take steps with the aim of raising lawyers who are able to represent Turkey internationally. In this respect, the faculty signed an academic cooperation agreement with the Case Western Reserve University Faculty of Law on November 21, 2018. Various research projects will be carried out and student and faculty exchange programs will be implemented within the scope of this agreement. Case Western Reserve University Law Faculty, which was founded in 1826, is one of the most respectable law schools in the USA.


Dean of the Faculty of Law Prof. Yusuf Çalışkan emphasized the importance of the cooperation agreement signed: “Frederick K. Cox International Law Center of the CWRU Faculty of Law is a leader in the field of international law and plays an active role as a successful and effective organization. As Ibn Haldun University Faculty of Law, we want to use our academic cooperation in the field of international law effectively and expand our students’ horizons.”

Honor Meetings Hosts Professor Teoman Duralı

Faculty member of Philosophy Professor Teoman Duralı talked about “My life that is not in my CV” at Honor Meetings, organized by the Honor Program, on Monday, December 3.


One of the first names that come to mind when it comes to philosophy in our country is Professor Teoman Duralı. By giving lessons in 16 universities Professor Teoman Duralı contributed effectively in raising influential names in the Turkish intellectual life. Professor Duralı’s recently published books and articles on philosophy in the 38th Version of “Kutadgubilig,” Philosophy and Science Research Journal, also have an important role in obtaining a center place of the journal in Turkey.


Professor Duralı, who has enriched the Turkish public intellectual perspective by analyzing today’s global civilization systematically and philosophically, is successfully representing Turkey in the international philosophy community as well.


Professor Duralı, who completed his doctorate in 1977 and participated in biotechnology seminars in Paris in 1978 with NATO scholarship. In May 1982, he became an Assistant Professor, and in October 1982 with a thesis on biology he became an Associate Professor. Professor Duralı, is still pursuing his lectures and academic researches at the Department of Philosophy at Ibn Haldun University.

Becoming an assistant by Nermi Uygur’s proposal 

In “My Life that is not in my CV,” Professor Teoman Duralı shared with the audience the main sections of his life since his birth. Duralı, who was born on February 7, 1947 in Zonguldak town of Kozlu, stated that he had started his primary education in Çatalağzı, Zonguldak. Professor Duralı mentioned that before starting school in Çatalağzı, “It was the days of reaching the peak of happiness,” Prof. Teoman Duralı clarified that this is the effect of the geography, stating that the first landscape in his life is forest and sea and his favorite colors are intertwined blue and green in Çatalağzı.


Stating that he has not had a healthy relationship since the beginning of his life with the idea of “​​school,” Professor Duralı said that he had donated his life to the school, which he could never love, after Professor Nermi Uygur offered him assistantship while he was studying at Istanbul University.


The writer of “The Sea and Discovery,” poem-memory book, Professor Duralı said that he had dreamed of being a sailor, going to Norway and practicing the role of a captain.


Why Turkish?

Stating that he had a special interest in the Turkish language since childhood, Duralı added that he worked for a long time in ancient Turkish, Göktürkçe “Old Turkic language” and Uyghur language. According to Professor Teoman Durali, the beauty of expression can be attained by revealing that Turkish is able to obtain the power of expression with the noble vocabulary that has survived to the present day through the centuries.

At Honor Meetings, Professor Teoman Duralı also pointed out attractive subjects like: Turkey in 1940-1950, Cultural impact of May 27, 1960’s coup, Extent of interest in Africa, The learning adventure of Swahili language, His feelings about the city of Ankara and his academic field’s interests.

Ibn Haldun University Hosted High School Students from Thailand

International interest in Ibn Haldun University continues to increase. Teachers, administrators and students of educational institutions from around the world visit our University and get information about our education activities. After our guests coming from France recently, we hosted our Thai guests on 28 November 2018 at our University. 60 high school students from different educational institutions in Thailand visited our university with their teachers and administrators. They visited our campus firstly and they were informed about library, classrooms, conference rooms, cafeterias and social areas. Then our Thai guests attended the program we organized for them at the Mukaddime Hall. Our President Prof. Recep Şentürk, Board of Trustees Member and Mayor of Başakşehir Yasin Kartoğlu, addressed to Thai students. Lastly, International Office Department Coordinator Enes Yalman gave an informative presentation about our university and talked about the environment of students and the opportunities for international students. Program ended with giving gifts to our guests.

Education in Prestigious Places

Ibn Haldun University promoted its educational activities with prestigious places inspired from its approach of “Traditional Innovation”. As of 2018-2019 Academic Year, our education activities started to be held at Süleymaniye and Bakırköy-Taş Mektep campuses in addition to our main campus of Başakşehir. By the education activities that are planned to be held on the next year in the Süleymaniye Külliyesi that was inaugurated on October 22, 2018; Ibn Haldun University will be a completed campus university.

The “Campus University” dream becomes real

The new campus of Ibn Haldun University, which has the understanding of “High quality education is given by qualified instructors to smart students at high quality physical places,” is going to be built on the basis of classical Turkish architecture in Başakşehir. By equipping the new campus with its modern faculty buildings, classrooms, congress and conference halls, comfortable dormitories, library, green spaces and social facilities with the latest technological opportunities; IHU is becoming a complete campus university. The new campus is built to meet all the needs of students and academic staff both in curricular and extracurricular activities.


Ibn Haldun University Complex is very close to the new Istanbul International Airport. In addition, public transport from the university to the center of the city, via  buses, subways and high-speed trains will be provided.


Süleymaniye Campus

The 450-year-old historical Madrasas “schools,” in the Suleymaniye Complex were restored by Ibn Haldun University. On August 3, 2018, buildings located at Süleymaniye Külliyesi; Mülazimler Madrasas, Darulhadis, Darulkurra, Madrasa-i Salis and İmaret, started hosting Alliance of Civilizations Institute, the Faculty of Islamic Sciences, Institute of Islamic Sciences and the Honor Program.

These schools which served education for centuries are located on Suleymaniye Külliyesi at the top of seven hills that determine the silhouette of Istanbul, and was built by Mimar Sinan upon request of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. These schools have created space for many teaching activities of Ibn Haldun University in the field of Islamic sciences and it was restored to offer a suitable service.


Taş Mektep Campus

Taş Mektep, which is located at a central point of Bakırköy, was built by Kont Alléon, who was one of the founders of the Ottoman Bank and a specialist in town planning. It was built in 1865 and was completed in 1874. Count Alléon, who lived here until the earthquake in Istanbul in 1894, sold the building to Preveze governor Ali Rıza Paşa in 1898. In 1900 It was transferred to a school after it was allocated to the Ministry of Education, and until recently, Taş Mektep provided various degrees of education service.


The historical building, which was restored in 2014 and alloted to Ibn Haldun University, is home to various trainings of the Center for Continuing Education Centre (İHSEM) as the Bakırköy campus of the University.

5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium

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Power, Economic Development and Morality: Paradoxes and Challenges

Ibn Haldun University invites paper proposals for the 5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium, Power, Economic Development and Morality: Paradoxes and Challenges, to be held on 27th – 28th April, 2019, in İstanbul

While many studies on Ibn Khaldun focused on Asabiyyah and the role of kinship and tribal bonds in establishing dynasties, little attention has been given to his views on the role of accumulating wealth and conspicuous consumption in corrupting the foundations of authority. Ibn Khaldun assumed that over the course of time, the exercise of power takes on greater structural forms and the corrosion of Asabiyyah can thus be observed. New generations are less willing to sacrifice their welfare for a later gratification as the founding generation was, and this leads to loss of moral values. Furthermore, this phenomenon results in the decline of the external role of armed forces and their increasing involvement in domestic politics.

This complexity of interrelated variables in explaining the relation between the economic, the political, and moral in the rise and fall of dynasties can be compared to the historical development of capitalism beyond protestant ethics, at a time of rising consumerism and widespread globalization.

This symposium aims to apply Ibn Khaldun’s ideas to understand contemporary relationships between economic progress and morality. Is it possible to establish an economic development model that secures morality, sustainability, and justice? Do societies face the perpetual dilemma of choosing between economic development, on one hand, and social justice and moral values on the other? How can one approach to the unprecedented growth of global markets from Ibn Khaldun’s perspective? Conversely, may an economic model, which does not acknowledge dominant indicators of progress and growth, necessarily guarantee higher level of morality or less corruption? These are amongst some of the intriguing questions deserving of further research.

Many of these insights may serve as a starting point for further reflection on economics and morality, growth and ethics, markets and social integrity, and on corrosion. The aim of this symposium is not merely to provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of Ibn Khaldun’s works, but rather to apply his conceptual frameworks as analytical tools. The overarching aim of this symposium is to prompt debate and discussions on the potential application of Ibn Khaldun’s ideas in better understanding contemporary socio-political and economic conditions and crisis. We seek theoretical, empirical, and comparative papers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Co-authored papers are especially welcome.

The symposium aims to explore the following themes from Ibn Khaldun’s perspective:

  • What does the rise and decline of economies in the past and present tell us?
  • Social, moral and psychological dimensions of economic development such as poverty, income inequality, economic crises, pollution of environment, biodiversity, exhaustion of natural resources, financial and social inclusion, and individualization.
  • The complex relationship between capitalism, hegemony, and global financial markets in times of war and peace.
  • The commodification of culture, arts, and education.
  • Growth of cities, rise of poverty and injustices, and decline of civility.
  • Compatibility of sustainable economic development models with moral values, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and the impact of corporate social responsibility on the issues addressed above.

Paper topics are not restricted to the items on this list, submissions that address related concerns are also welcome. Abstracts (ca. 500 words) should be submitted using the online application form at http://meeting.ihu.edu.tr

Accommodation will be provided by Ibn Haldun University. A limited amount of travel expenses are also available.

A book publication of selected conference proceedings is envisaged following an editorial selection by the organizing committee. Abstracts can be submitted in Arabic, English, and Turkish.

Important Dates:

Last day for Abstract Submission 30 November 2018
Announcement of Accepted Submissions 15 December 2018
Submission of Full Texts (approx. 5.000 words) 1 March 2019
Announcement of Full-Text Submissions 15 March 2019
Final Program 1 April 2019


Secretaries for the Symposium:

Ahmet Abdullah Saçmalı, ahmet.abdullah@ihu.edu.tr (Ibn Haldun University)

Hibatuallah Bensaid, hibatuallah.bensaid@ibnhaldun.edu.tr (Ibn Haldun University)

Mountain View



“Muslim Mental Health Conference” by Ibn Haldun University in Australia

“Muslim Mental Health Conference” was held in Melbourne, Australia on 15-17 November 2018 with the cooperation of our University and Nasihah Consulting. Our academics participated at the conference were Head of Psychology Department Professor Medaim Yanık, faculty members at Psychology Department; Professor Üzeyir Ok, Dr. Burcu Uysal, and Dr. Senem Eren and the Head of the International Office Enes Yalman.

The conference, which was held at the Melbourne Islamic Museum with the participation of respected figures in the fields of Psychiatry and Psychology, focused on important issues as Art Therapy, Faith and Psychology, Religion and Spirituality in Therapeutic Practices from perspective of Islam and Muslim family-society.

The delegation, who attended the conference from our university, also held meetings with various cultural and educational institutions in Sydney and Melbourne. Cooperation opportunities were discussed in these talks.

A Panel on Blockchain and its Social Benefits

The second workshop organized by School of Business entitled “Blockchain for Social Good: Catalyzing Shared Prosperity through Transparency” took place on Friday, November 16th in Başakşehir Campus of Ibn Haldun University. The opening remarks were made by Prof. Mustafa K. Yılmaz. In panel session moderated by Dr. Nihat Gümüş, UNDP Alternative Finance Expert Marina Petrovic and IHU CIO Dr.Ahmet Kaplan shared their invaluable knowledge and experiences on Blockchain. Marina Petrovic mentioned social responsibility projects carried out by UNDP on Blockchain platform, especially those that adress immigrant people. On the other hand, Dr. Ahmet Kaplan discussed the Blockchain applications on educational matters. The panel gave audience an opportunity to getfamiliar with Blockchain and its social benefits.