- Chair, Religion Department; Associate Professor of Religion
Born and raised in Turkey, Fatih Harpci has a B.A. in theology from Marmara University in Istanbul.
Professor Harpci’s goal is to contribute to inter-religious dialogue, especially among Christians and Muslims. In preparing to meet that goal, he wrote his master’s thesis on the necessity for interfaith dialogue and earned MATS from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Prof. Harpci received his Ph.D. in religion (Islamic Studies) from Temple University in Philadelphia. He came to Carthage in 2014.
Prof. Harpci’s research areas include Islamic history, Islamic eschatology, and Christian-Muslim relations. His Ph.D. dissertation examines the Hadiths reports of Prophet Muhammad’s words about and attitudes toward Jesus (‘Isa in Arabic). The study focuses especially on Prophet Muhammad’s statements concerning Jesus’ second coming and his messianic roles toward the End Times.
Prof. Harpci presented papers at academic conferences and published articles and book chapters. He has been a frequent presenter in congregations and community groups on Islam as well as on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue.He is the author of “The Necessity for Interfaith Dialogue” and co-author of “Prophet Muhammad: The Sultan of Hearts 2 volumes.”
Professor Teaches About Islam in Popular Classes at Carthage College
Professor Harpci teaches five classes in Islamic studies that today are popular course offerings. (WisconsinMuslimJournal.org, August 2, 2019)
Local congregations stand together with Islamic community against violence
Professor Harpci participated in a candlelight vigil in remembrance of 50 victims killed in the mosque shooting in New Zealand. (Kenosha News, March 21, 2019)
Number Of Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents On Rise Around The World
Professor Harpci offers his views on the recent incidents in New Zealand.(WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee, March 19, 2019)
- Ph.D. in Religion — Temple University, Philadelphia, 2013.
- MATS (summa cum laude) — Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2010.
- B.A. in Theology — Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003
- REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
- REL 3120 Islam
- REL 3500 Shared Sages in Sacred Scriptures
- REL 3030 Creation and Apocalypse
- REL 200F Islamic Law and Legal Traditions
- REL 200S Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs. Dialogue
- ARH/REL 200H Art and Architecture in Islam
- REL 200Y Religion and Film
Prof. Harpci’s research interests include Islamic History, Islamic Eschatology, Interpretation of the Quran, and Christian-Muslim Relations.
BOOKS: Prophet Muhammad: The Sultan of Hearts 2 volumes. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2014 (co-author) The Necessity for Interfaith Dialogue. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2013 BOOK CHAPTERS: “Green Book: Qur’anic Teachings on Creation and Nature,” in Nature and the Environment in Contemporary Religious Contexts. (ed.) by Thomas Donlin-Smith and Muhammad Shafiq. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. “Sadaqa as a Sign of Sincerity: Secular and Spiritual Aspects of Charity in Islam,” in Charity in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions. (ed.) by Julia R. Lieberman and Michal Jan Rozbicki. London, UK: Lexington Books, 2017. “A Common Word: Global Faith and Pluralism in Islam,” in Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to “A Common Word between Us and You.” (ed.) by Nathan R. Kollar and Mohammad Shafiq. North Charleston, SC: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. JOURNAL ARTICLES: “‘A’isha, Mother Of The Faithful: The Prototype of Muslim Women Ulama,” in Al-Jāmi‘ah: Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 53, no. 1 (2015), pp. 159-179. BOOK REVIEW ESSAYS: “Islam” on The Norton Anthology Of World Religions: Islam in Religious Studies Review, Vol. 43, Issue 1 (2017), pp. 19-22. ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES: “Aaron,” Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. “Abraham,” Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. “Jacob,” Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. “Joseph,” Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. “Moses,” Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. “Zakariyya” in Cenap Çakmak (Ed.). Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia (4 Volumes). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017.