Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol Kılıç
Born in Istanbul, Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol Kılıç, was schooled at Hirka-i Serif Elementary School, Vefa High School, and Istanbul University. Moreover, he studied classical style classes with a few scholars and developed himself by continuing his private classes from a few Sufi experts. In other words he was both schooled and skilled. After graduating from Political Science faculty he went abroad for some time to take part in researches. After graduation, generally he focused his work on spiritual knowledge and specifically he concentrated in the field of Islamic mysticism. In 1988, he started working as an assistant, preparing a post-graduate thesis called “Hermes and Hermetic Thought in the Light of Islamic Resources” from the branch of the department of Islamic philosophy. After the establishment of the “Department of Mysticism” in the Universities of Turkey, Prof. Dr. Kılıç supported the first prepared doctorate thesis called “Being in Ibn Arabi and its Stages” from this department. There has been many columns published about his individuality in both Turkish and foreign encyclopedias and articles. He conveyed his Mysticism concept at international conferences and attended radio and television programs. In 2004 his book “Mysticism and poem” was selected as book of the year in the assessment and research branch of Turkey’s writers league. He was the chairman of Marmara University Mysticism Department, Systematic Mysticism Department, and Istanbul Turk and Islam Monument Museum. In 2008, at the Islamic conference in central Tehran, Prof. Dr. Kılıç was selected as the General Secretary for the Member country Parliament Unity (IKOPAB). In addition he is also the chairman of the Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) at Central Oxford’s Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society. He is married and has two children. Prof. Dr. Kılıç is multi-linguist in English, Arabic, Persian, French and Turkish.