Alhamdulillah we are blessed to have Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci as our Imam at IANT. Below is a short biography, plain text copies of some of his publications & works-in-progress, and a brief background of Dr. Kavakci’s teacher.
Imam Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci
Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born in 1938 in Hendek, Sakarya, Turkey. At an early age (8-9 years) he memorized the Holy Qur'an in an entirety (earning the title of Hafidh al-Qur'an), graduated from Hasircilar Qur'anic School (Adapazari) with training in Tajweed, Qira’ah, Arabic (Sarf and Nahw), Tafsir, Hadih, Fiqh, and apllied 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 verdicts in Islam field) and qualified for those jobs. He worked as Muadhdhin (Professional caller to prayer, Hirka-i Sharif Mosque), Imam (Kara Ahmed Pasha Mosque in Topkapi), and Waiz in the governorships Fatih and Beyoglu in Istanbul.
Dr. Kavakci received his Bachelor's degrees in Law from The College of Law of Istanbul University and also in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies, got his Ph.D. in Islamic History and Culture from Faculty of Arts, Istanbul University. After working as an Asst. Professor and as 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 the Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh and other departments and got 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, Saudi Arabia and attended 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 Islamic Development Bank in Turkey.
Dr. Kavakci currently resides in Richardson, Texas. He is the resident Islamic Scholar and Spiritual Leader of the Muslim community affiliated with the Islamic Association of North Texas.
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 (translation from Ottoman Turkish), 1991, Cape Town, South Africa
- Islamic Law of Inheritance, 1994, Dallas, Texas
- Methodology of Islamic Research
His works in progress which have yet to be published include:
- Al-Furuq by Al-Karabisi (Textual Criticism in Arabic)
- Fiqh, Islamic Law, and Usul Al-Fiqh
- America I Saw and My Impressions
- Bibliography of Islamic Law
- Multaqa' Al-Abhur by Ibrahim al-Halabi (translation from Arabic)
- Islamic Issues of Muslims in America (an analytical study and suggestions for solutions)
Imam Dr. Kavakci’s Teacher
Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah
One of our Imam's great teachers was the late Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah, a giant among scholars. Dr. Hamidullah wrote over 250 books, papers, and manuscripts in French, Urdu, Arabic, English and German. Click here to learn more about this noble and honorable man of Islam.