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Prof. Dr. Mualla SELÇUK


Professor of Religious Education
Faculty of Divinity& Director of Continuing Education Center
Ankara University
06500 Beşevler

Phone: +90 312-2126800/299 ; + 90 312-381 67 26; +90 312 221 01 91



Prof. Mualla Selçuk was born in 1956. She graduated from Ankara University School of Divinity in 1980 with a B.Sc. degree. In 1983, she was appointed as a research assistant in the same school. In 1989, she was granted a Ph.D. following the dissertation of her doctoral thesis called “Religious Patterns in the Education of Pre-School and School Age Children.” In 1992, she became an associate professor and in 1999 she was appointed as a full professor at Religious Education Department. Currently she works as professor of Religious Education at Ankara University Divinity School and she serves as a Director of Continuing Education Center.



Academic and Administrative Duties

  July 1998-March 2003, Ministry of National Education, General Director of Religious Education

   April 2001-April 2008, the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Member of Religious High Council. (First female member)

     September 2002- November 2008, Ankara University, Dean of  Faculty of Divinity

  November 2008-present, Ankara University Centre of African Studies, Member of Executive Board

   October 2009- October 2013, Head of Teacher Training Department for RE

      March 2013-present Dırector of Continuing Education Center

March 2014- present, Ankara University Centre of Assessment and Evaluation, Member of Executive Board


July   2004 - present    Full member of ISREV (International Seminar on Religious   Education and Values) and member of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee( 2016-2018)

Member of Advisory Council in WCRP (World Conference on Religion and Peace- Education Standing Commission)

Member of International Advisory Board of British Journal of Religious Education

Member of Editorial Board of  Religious Education: The Journal of Religious Education Association 

Member of Editorial of Advisory Board of Theo Web, Academic Journal of Religious Education

Member of Global Relations Forum(GRF) Istanbul

Board Member of Religious Education Association(REA) Member at-Large( 2013- 2014)

President of Religious Education Association(REA) (The position starts in 2016 as Vice President and continues in 2017 as Program Chair and President Elect and in 2018 as President and in 2019 as Past President)



Organizer / Convenor/ Programme Chair of International Conferences on Interreligious and  Interfaith Education and Coexistence

Chair of Organizing Committee of  International Symposium on Religious Education, 20–21 November 1997, Ankara University, Ankara ,Turkey.


Chair of Organizing Committee of International Symposium on New Methodological Approaches   in Religious Education, 20-30 March 2001, Istanbul ,Turkey.


Convenor of ISREV XVI (International Seminar on Religious Education and Values) Religious Education and the Theology of Religions: The Relationship between the Self-understanding of Religion and Religious Education Today, 27 July-1 August 2008, Ankara University, Ankara,Turkey.


Host of Interfaith Conference on “The Roots of Human Dignity in the Islamic and Christian Traditions”, 3-4 October 2005, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.


Host of Interfaith Conference  on “The Relationship between  Authority and Individual:

Theological Bases  in  Christianity and Islam”,16-17 May 2007, Ankara University,





Host of Interfaith Conference on “The Understanding of  Revelation in Christianity and Islam”, 23-24 October 2009, Ankara University, Turkey.


President Elect and Program Chair of REA 2017 Conference on “Learning in Encounter: Crossroads, Connections, Collaborations”, 3-5 November, St.Louis, Missouri, USA.




International Conference Presentations


1.  “New Moments in Islamic Education, Islamic Education in West Europe” 15-16 il April1996, Academie voor Theologie en Levensbeschouwing ,Holland.

2. “Nasıl Bir Din Öğretimi(What kind of RE)International Symposium on RE, Ankara University Faculty of Divinity and TOMER, 20–21 November 1997, Ankara,Turkey.

3. “2000’li Yıllara Girerken İrşad Anlayışımız Üzerine Bazı Düşünceler” (Towards 2000’s Some Remarks on Public RE), Second International Religious Council23–27 November 1998, Ankara,Turkey.

4. “Peace Education in Interreligious Projects”, World Conference On Religion and Peace (W.C.R.P), 25-29 November 1999, Amman,Jordan.

5.  “Caring For Future Generations: Euro-Mediterranean Conference An Inter-Religious Agenda”, UNESCO and Malta University 27- 29 January 2000, Valetta,Malta.

6.  “International Consultive Conference On School Education In Relation With Freedom Of Religion And Belief, Tolerance and Non Discrimination” 23–25 November 2001, Madrid,Spain.

7. “Education for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue”, 28–29 November 2002, Strasburg,France.

8. “Learning Community: The German Education System and Dialogue with Muslims”, Conference of Ministers of Education and Culture, 13–14 March, Weimar,Germany.

 9. “Der Islam im Westen Der Westen im Islam”, Osnabrück University28 October–01 November 2002, Osnabrück,Germany.

10Zwei Kulturen-Ein Weg in Europa”, 26-27 October 2002, Münster, Germany.

11. “Adolesence and RE”ISREV XIII, 28 July–2 August 2002, Kristiansand,Norway.

12. “Islam and Democracy” NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 10.Mediterranean Sea17-19 October 2004, Nouakchott,Mauritania.

13. “Religion and Violence: The Role of Religious Education and Values”ISREV XIV25-30 July 2004, Villanova University, Pennsylvania,USA.

14. “Ta’aruf: Qur’anic Concept and its Implication for Religious Education”, Different Faces of the Islamic Ummah in a Globalized World7 December 2005, Pakistan.

15. “İnternational Islamic Conference True Islam and Its Role in Modern Society”6 June 2005, Amman,Jordan.

16. “Re-Thinking Re in School in the Light of Contributions by John M. Hull to Turkish Experience”,Religious Education as Encounter21 October 2005, Amsterdam,Holland.

17. “el- Ahlak fi’t Terbiye’d Diniyye”, Doha Forth Conference For Religious Dialogue 25-27 April 2006, Qatar University, Doha,Qatar.

18. “The Theological Foundations of Religious Power in Islam and Christianity”Eugen Biser Foundation & Ankara University,& Ludwig Maximillians University 19-20 May 2006, Munich,Germany.

19. “Developing an Interfaith Dimension in RE: Theological Foundations and Educational Framework with Special Reference to Turkish Experience”Religious Education in a World of Religious Diversity (ISREV XV), 30 July-04 August 2006, Driebergen,Holland.

20. “The Contribution of RE to Democratic Culture (Challenges and Opportunities)Religion, Spirituality and Character9-11 February 2007Cambridge, England.

21. “Under What Conditions can Islamic Pedagogy Promote an Understanding of Individualized Religion?”, Religious Education and the Theology of Religions: The Relationship between the Self-understanding of Religion and Religious Education Today27 July- 1 August 2008, Ankara,Turkey.

22. “Understanding of Islam and the Challenges of Modern Age”, Islam Frauen und Europa Seminar für ReligionswissenchaftLeibniz Universitat14-16 November 2008, Hannover, Germany.

23. “Building Bridges and Right Relations: A Study in Promoting an Understanding of Individualized Religion”,  International Network on Promoting Female Leadership in Intercultural and enterreliğious Dialogue, Federal Menistry for European and Intarnational Affairs, 24-26 June  2010, Viyana,Avusturya.

24. “A Definition of Jihad and İt’s Relationship to RE in a Word of Religious Diversity”, Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief, International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV. XVII), 25-30 July 2010, Saint Paul University Ottova,Canada.

25. “Faith and Reason in Christianity and Islam, Interreligious Symposium”, Eugen Biser Foundation & Ankara University, 22-23 October 2010, Munich,Germany.

26. “What are possible futures for the field of Religious Education? Where are we and where might we be going? In the Flow: Learning religion and religiously learning amidst global cultural flows”,Religious Education Association (REA annual meeting), 7–9 November 2010 Denver,Colorado.

27. “An Islamic Worldview: Religion in a Modern, Secular, Democratic State’’ (with Dr. John Valk), Respecting History and Remembrance in Religious Education Research,International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV XVIII), 29 July- 03  August 2012, Christian Institute, Turku,Finland.

30. “An Islamic Worldview, Project Update” (with Dr.John Valk), Multiple Intersections: Religious Education and Gender, Class, ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Disability.(ISREV XIX), 27 July -01  August 2014, York St John University, York, England.

31. “Journeying into a Peaceful Islam(A Worldview Framework Approach) Work in Progress” (with Dr.John Valk), Religion and Education in the (Un)Making of Violence’ REA Annual Meeting 2014, 7-9 November 2014 ,Chicago-Oak Brook,Illinois, USA.

32. Third Summit of Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders, 2-4 December 2014, Rome, Italy

33. “An Insight from the Qur’an on Diversity”, Simposion Internacional Universidad Nacional28 April 2015, Costa Rica.

34. “Islamic Religion Education; the Experience of Ankara University”, Divinity Faculty, German-Turkish Science Year, 07-10 May 2015, Osnabrück University, Germany.

35. “Journeying into a Peaceful Islam: A Worldview Framework Approach) ” (with Dr.John Valk),16-18 October 2015, Tetova, Macedonia.

36. “Knowing Self and Others” ERASMUS Project, 3-5 February 2016, Padagogısche Hochschule, Karlsruhe.

37. “The Religious Educator as a Guide in Fostering Identity, Celebrating Diversitt and Building Community” Research Project (2016-2019), 1-3 November 2016, Pittsburgh, USA.

38. “Biographical Perspectives, God Works We Work” REA Annual Meeting Generating Hope, 4-5 November 2016, Pittsburgh, USA.

39. “Role of the Imam as a Religious Educator in the Mosque: Leadership in dialogic coexistence”, International Expert Meeting Entitled Imamate in the West, 28-29 November 2016,  Vrije Universiteit ,Amsterdam, Holland.




International Teaching  Activities

1.  ERASMUS lectures given on Islamic Pedagogy and Interfaith Education, In Holland and in  VU University   Amsterdam, Holland (in 12-17 January 2011)

2.Lectures given on Introduction to Spirituality ın Islam and Mutual Understanding,iVienna International Christian-Islamic Summer University (VICISU), Stift Altenburg, Vien, Austria ( 04-08 July 2010 and in 2-6 July 2012 and in 3-8 August 2014)

3. Scholar in Residence at Eden theological Seminary, St. Louıs, Missouri, USA, (Spring term,2017)



National   Books in Turkish


1. Din Öğretimi, (Religious Education) co-author Prof. Dr. Beyza Bilgin , Gün Yayınları, Ankara, 1990.

2.  Çocuğun Eğitiminde Dini Motifler, (Religious Patterns in Child Education)TDV Yayınları, Ankara, 1991.

4.  Din Hizmetlerinde İletişim ve Halkla İlişkiler (Dini Danışmanlık ve Rehberlik), (Religious Counseling in RE) with Erdoğan Fırat and Haluk Yüksel, Anadolu Üniversitesi Yayınları No:1048, Eskişehir, 1999.

5.  Kur’an ve Birey, (The Qur’an and the Individual) ( co-athors Halis Albayrak and  Nahide Bozkurt ) ,Turhan Kitabevi,  Ankara, 2010.



Edited and co-Authored International Books


1.Teaching Religion,Teaching Truth, Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. (co-edit Jeff Astley,Leslie J. Frances,Mandy Robbins) Peter Lang, Bern, 2012.

2. Islam,Frauen und Europe, Islamicher Feminismus und Gender Jihad-neue Wege für Musliminnen in Europa? (co-edit. Ina Wunn), Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 2013.

3.An İslamic Worldview from Turkey Religion in A Modern, Secular and Democratic State, (co-authors John Valk and Halis Albayrak), Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


Coordinator and Editor of  International Projects Publications

1.  Menschenwürde: Grundlagen im İslam und im Christentum,( edits Richard Heinzmann and Felix Körner), Kohlhammer, München 2007.

2.  Das Verhaltnis von Religion und Staat, Grundlagen in Christentum und Islam ( Din ve Devlet İlişkileri İslam ve Hıristiyanlıkta Temeller), (edit. Richard Heinzmann), Kohlhammer,  Stuttgart, 2009.

3.  Monotheismus in Christentum and Islam, (edit. Richard Heinzmann ), Kohlhammer,  Stuttgart, 2011.

4.  Offenbarung in Christentum und Islam, ( edit.Richard Heinzmann ), Kohlhammer,  Stuttgart, 2011.

7. Grundbegriffe aus Christentum und Islam, Lexikon des Dialogs,(Dictionary of Encounter) (co-edits. Richard Heinzmann ve Peter Antes, Martin Thurner, Halis Albayrak), Herder, Freiburg, 2013.

8. Autoritat und Individuum (co edit. Richard Heinzmann ), Kohlhammer,  Stuttgart, 2014.

9. Glaube und Vernunft in Chirstentum und Islam (co-edit. Richard Heinzmann), Kohlhammer Stuttgart, 2017.


Chapters/ Articles  in International Books


1. “The Use of Metaphorical Language in Islamic Education”, Faith and Fiction Interdisciplinary Studies on the Interplay between Metaphor and Religion, Biebuyck, Dirven, Ries (edp.), Peter Lang, Frankfurt, Germany 1998, pp. 99–114.

2. “Some General Consideration on Interreligious Education in Turkey in the Context of Peace Education”, Der Islam im Westen der Westen im Islam, Göttingen, Germany 2004, pp.143–149.

3Religious Education in Turkey”, with Recai Doğan, Religious Education in Europe, Situation and current trends in schools, Kuyk, Jensen, Lankshear (eds), ICCS, Oslo, Norway 2007, pp. 207–217.

4.“Überlegungen zum Islamischen Religionsunterricht in Deutschland“, Peter Graf/Wolfgang G.Gibowski(Hg), Islamische Religionspadagogik, Var Unipress, Gottingen 2007, pp. 95-105.

5.“Theologische Grundlegung der Führungsgewalt”Dialog Aus Christlichen Ursprung, München, Germany, 2008, pp. 288–292.

6. “Developing an Interfaith Dimension in RE:Theological Foundations and Educational Framework with Special Reference to Turkish Experience”  Religious Education in a World of Religious Diversity, Wilna A.J.Meijer, Siebren Miedema, Alma Lanser-van der Velde (eds) Waxmann,Münster, 2009, pp.131-148.

7. “Re-thinking Religious Education in Tukish Schools in the Light of the Contribution by John M.Hull to the Turkish Experience”  Sibren Miedema (ed.), Relgious Education as Encounter, A tribute to John M.Hull, Waxmann, Münster, 2009. pp. 53-65.

8.“Under What Conditions can Islamic Pedagogy Promote an Understanding of Individualized Religion?”, Teaching Religion,Teaching Truth, Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. (edits Jeff Astley,Leslie J. Frances,Mandy Robbins and Mualla Selcuk), Peter Lang, Bern, 2012. pp. 93-105.

8. “How Does the Qur’an See “The People of the Book?” An Example of the Communicative  Model of Islamic Education’’, Reaching for the Sky .Religious Education from Christian and Islamic Perspectives, Stella El Bouayadi-van de Watering and Sibren Miedema (eds) Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York, 2012 ,pp.11-35.

9. “The Contribution of Religious Education to Democratic Culture:Challenges and Opportunities”,Commitment,Character,and Citizenship. Religious Education in Liberal     Democracy, Hanan A. Alexander and Ayman K.Agbaria (edt)Routledge, New   York, 2012, pp. 215-226.

10. “Die Definition von ‘Jihad’ und die Bedeutung für die religiöse Erziehung in einer Welt des religiösen Pluralismus”, Islam, Frauen und Europe, Islamicher Feminismus und Gender Jihad-neue Wege für Musliminnen in Europa? Ina Wunn, Mualla Selçuk (edt), Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 2013, pp.45-58.

11. “Journey into a Peaceful Islam: A Worldview Framevork Approach“ with Dr. John Valk, Religion and Violence Müslim and Christian Theological and Pedagogical Reflections, Ednan Aslan and Marcia Hermansen (edt.), Springer VS, 2017, pp. 243-263.

12. “Kommunikativer Religionsunterricht am Beispiel der Frage: Was sagt Our’an über die Ahl al-Kitab?“, Religiöse Bildung und interkulturelles Lernen, Ein Erasmus Plus Projekt mit Parten aus Deutschland, Liechtenstein und der Turkei, Andre Ritter, Jörg Imran Schröter and Cemal Tosun (edt.), Waxmann, 2017, pp. 59-74.



Articles Published in Turkish Journals

1. “Din Öğretiminin Kuramsal Temelleri: Zihin Gelişimi Açısından Bir Deneme”. (Theoretical Basis of Religious Teaching: An Essay on Cognitive Development) Din Eğitimi Araştırmaları Dergisi, Volume: 4, 1997, pp. 145–159.

2. “Din Eğitimi Özgürleştiren Bir Süreç Olabilir mi?”,(Can Religious Teaching be a Liberating Process?) İslamiyat, Volume:  1, 1998, pp. 73–87.

3. “Teorik ve Pratik Açmazlarıyla Kültürel Miras Öğretimini Sorgulayan Bir Deneme” (An Essay Questioning the Cultural Heritage with Its Theoretical and Practical Dilemmas), Ankara Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, Volume: 36, Number: 2, 1999, pp. 255–264.

4. “Barış ve istikrar için din eğitimi”, (Religious education for peace and stability)Türkiye’de Terörizm: Dünü, bugünü, gelişimi ve alınması gereken tedbirler/Terrorism in Turkey: It’s past, present, development, and precautions to be taken, Türk Tarih Kurumu Publications, 2000, pp. 9-20.



Articles published in International Journals

1. “A Qur’anic Approach to the Concept of “Living Together”: Ta’aruf”, International Handbooks of Religion and Education, I. International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions in Education, Souza, Durka Engebretson, Jackson (eds). SpringerThe Netherlands, 2006. p. 1141–1148.

2. “Who am I Between “US” and “THEM ?”, Religious Education, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, Volume 103, Number 5, 2008, pp.  511-517.

3. “Knowing Self and Others: A Worldview Model for Religious Education in Turkey” (co-author Dr. John Valk ). Religious Education :The official journal of the Religious Education Association, 107:5 ,2012, pp. 443-454.

4.“Academic Expertise,Public Knowledge,and the Identity of Islamic Religious Education’’ Religious Education :The official journal of the Religious Education Association, 108:3, 2013, pp. 255-258.

5 “ Opening the Eye of the Heart: Parents and Teachers as Storytellers”, Religious Education: The official journal of the Religious Education Association, 110:3, 2015, pp. 255-261.

6.“Professor John Hull theologian educationist mentor and friend”, British Journal of Religius Education, 38(1), 2015, pp. 1-12.

7. “ An Islamic Worldview: Ethics in a Modern,Democratic and Secualar State’’, (co-author Dr. John Valk )  Turkish Journal of Bioethics, 2016, vol 3, No.1, pp. 15-25.

8. “God Will Tell You the Truth Regarding Your Differences”, Religious Education :The official journal of the Religious Education Association, 112:4, 2017, pp. 312-316.

 9.“Learning in Encounter: Crossroads. Connections, Collaborations",

Religious Education :The Official Journal of the Religious Education Association, 114,2018, p.1-11