Efe Murat Balıkçıoğlu completed his Ph.D. degree at Harvard University’s joint program in History and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, he received a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University and an A.M. degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. During the 2019-20 academic year, Balıkçıoğlu will be teaching various courses on Islamic History at Wellesley College’s Department of Religion.
Balıkçıoğlu studies the intellectual history of the early modern Ottoman Empire and the greater Islamicate world with a specific focus on Arabic philosophical and theological texts written during the second half of the fifteenth century under the Ottoman Sultans Meḥemmed II and Bāyezīd II. After his research in various manuscript libraries in Europe and the Middle East, Balıkçıoğlu wrote his dissertation on the early Ottoman philosophical commentaries and glosses in Arabic concerning various philosophical issues, such as causality, occasionalism, the naturalization of miracles, God's divine attributes, free will, as well as the problem of evil. Most of the texts that he works on are only extant in manuscript and have not been previously studied or published in critical editions.