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Public Lecture: "Sufi Spirituality and the Need for Spiritual Cleansing" by Professor Dr. Suleyman Derin

Speaker: Professor Dr. Suleyman Derin, Faculty of Ilahiyat (Theology), Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Day/Date/Time: Thursday, 27 November 2014 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

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09:30am–10:30am Registration

10:30am–10:35am Welcoming Remarks by the Moderator & Chair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia

10:35am–11:45am Presentation: by the speaker

11:45am–12:30pm Open Discussion with Q&A Session

12:30pm Concluding Remarks by Moderator; Adjournment and Refreshments


The lecture will be on the subject why do we need a spiritual purification, depending on the verses from the holy Quran. This will necessitate learning the nature of man, that is the relationship between his body and soul. In particular el-Ghazali’s theories on human Psyche will be discussed.

Sufi spirituality gives a balanced treatment of both the soul and body whereas other religions ignore this balance and go to the extremes in one way or another. The lecture will hence explain the why and how of the spiritual cleansing in the sufi spirituality.

Professor Dr. Suleyman Derin

Suleyman Derin was born in 1968 in Turkey. He graduated from the Faculty of Theology in 1991, and in the same year he started working as a research assistant in the Faculty of  Theology. He completed his Ph.D. in 1999 at Leeds University, in the UK.  The title of his thesis is “Towards Some Paradigms on the Sufi Conception of Love: From Râbia to Ibn al-Fârid”. Since then, he has been teaching in Marmara University, the Faculty of Theology, in Istanbul.  He was appointed as full time professor in 2012. He has a couple of books in the field of Sufism as well as many articles.

 Books: Divine love in Sufism, Insan Publications, 2008 (in English); İngiliz Oryantalizmi ve Tasavvuf, Küre Yayınları, İstanbul, 2006. (The British Orientalists’ approach to Sufism, in Turkish); Kuran’da Seyr u Süluk, İstanbul, 2012, (The spiritual Training in The Quran, in Turkish)

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