Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci
Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was the founding board member of IANT Quranic Academy (IQA). He was born in 1938 in Hendek, Sakarya, Turkey. At an early age (8-9 years) he accomplished memorizing the entire Qur'an (Hifz al-Qur'an), he later graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with training in Tajwid, Qira'ah, Arabic (Sarf and Nahw), Tafsir, Hadih, Fiqh, and allied Islamic Sciences. He passed the national exams for Waiz (Preacher and lecturer in Islamic Sciences) and Mufti (ordained and authorized to give Fatwa and religious verdict in Islamic field) and qualified for those jobs. He worked as a Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer, Hirka-i Sharif Mosque), Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi), and Waiz in the governorships of Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul.
Dr. Kavakci received a bBchelor's degree in Law from The College of Law, Istanbul University and also in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies, and got his Ph.D. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts, Istanbul University. After working as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Institute of Islamic Research, Istanbul University, he helped to establish the first College of Islamic Studies in modern Turkey. The College of Islamic Studies is now a part of Ataturk University, Erzurum where Dr. Kavakci worked as senior faculty. He chaired Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments, got a full professorship in Islamic Law and worked as Dean of the College. His professorship in Islamic Law was the first such position in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He was educated in the traditional Ottoman way of Islamic Studies, as well as in modern methods of teaching in today's universities.
He is a board certified attorney in Turkey and practiced law in Libya, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. He attends numerous International Conferences on Islam. He was involved in the activities of the Islamic Conference and was in charge of the Muslim minority students sponsored by Ithe slamic Development Bank in Turkey.
In addition to numerous books published in Turkish, he has published the following books in English:
- Islam (Briefly), (1991), Istanbul, Turkey
- Travelogue of My Journey to the Cape of Good Hope by Omer Lutfi Efendi, (Trans. from Ottoman Turkish), (1991), Cape Town, South Africa
- Islamic Law of Inheritance, (1994), Dallas, Texas
- His works in progress, which are yet to be published include:
- Al-Furuq by Al-Karabisi (textual Criticism in Arabic)
- Fiqh, Islamic Law and Usul Al-Fiqh
- Methodolgy of Islamic Research
- America I Saw and My Impressions
- Bibliography of Islamic Law
- Multaqa 'l-Abhur by Ibrahim al-Halabi (translation, Arabic to English)
- Islamic Issues of Muslims in America (an analytical study and suggestions for solutions)
Dr. Kavakci currently resides in Turkey.