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Islam in Turkey

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This course is accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4670
SAU Course Equivalency:  +THEO 360, Advanced Topics in Theology (4 credit hours)
Instructors:  Dr. Adil Ozdemir and Halise Ozdemir, Theology, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota 
Prerequisites:  100-level Theology course
Dates:  January 2 - January 27, 2016
Location: Turkey (Istanbul, Sivas, Cappadocia, Konya, Izmir, Bursa, Canakkale, Edirne)
Price: $6,520 (subject to change)

Program description

It is no mere coincidence that President Obama chose Turkey as the first Muslim country to visit and as a site for an important address to what gets referred to as the Islamic world.

As it seeks its soul, its identity, between the European Union and the Islamic world, Turkey is both a battleground and a learning ground. New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer declares that it is poised to be "the most audaciously successful nation of the twenty-first century." Turkey stands in a pivotal position, with the Bosphorus Bridge its great symbol of the geographical, political, and social spanning of both Europe and Asia. Islam is central to both the political significance and the mystery of Turkey. For centuries visitors have been struck with wonder at its remarkable tauheed, or unity, tolerance and hospitality.

This course familiarizes students with the basic beliefs and practices of Islam in Turkey, including worship, family life, and intellectual and artistic traditions. We will perceive Islam from both "insiders' perspectives" (reading the Quran and works on the Prophet Muhammad and challenges facing Muslims in contemporary Turkey), and from "outsiders' perspectives" (reading British, American, and secular Turkish writers who are imagining or describing Turkey and Muslims).

Site visits include Mosques, churches, madrasas, palaces, museums, ancient towns, and bazaars such as: Kasimiye Medresesi, Zinciriye Medresesi, Deyrulzafaran Manastiri, Ulu Cami, Mardin Kervansaray, Derik. Urfa Ibrahim Peygamber Mosque, Eyup Peygamber Mosque, The cave and Mosque of Abraham, Mevlid Halil Mosque and the Mosque of Rahman, Urfa Gumruk Han, MilletHan, Barutcu Han, Urfa center, Pool of Sacred Fish and the unique town of mud-brick beehive shaped houses in Urfa. Zeugma Archeological site in Belkis village, Sih Mosque, Tahtali Mosque, Antep Seker Han, Pasa Hani, Hisva Han, Kurkcu Han, Millet Han, the castle and Mosaic Museum, stone houses, covered bazaars and 16th century Mosques in Gaziantep. The underground city of Kaymakli, volcanic formations, deep valleys and rock dwellings in Cappadocia. Sultanhan Caravanserai, Mevlana Museum, Selimiye Mosque, Aladdin Mosque, Konya Karatay Ince Minare, Karatay Madrasa in Konya. Ephesus in Selcuk. Muradiye, Burda Koza Han, Grand and Green Mosques in Bursa, Bursa center. Edirne Selimiye Mosque, Eski Camii, Beyazit Medrese. The stunning Blue Mosque and historical Eyup Sultan Mosque, the world-famous Byzantine Hagia Sophia, lavish Ottoman Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. To experience Turkish friendship we also engage in interfaith and intercultural dialogue over dinners in the homes of local families.

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Six lunches and nineteen dinners (subject to change)
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - estimated cost is $245.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application Deadline: April 13, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf).
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • April 13, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.