Dr. Colin Paul Turner

Dr. Colin Paul Turner

Head of Academic Research

Dr Turner is a freelance writer and researcher with over twenty-five years experience as a university lecturer and co-founder of the IFMT. His most recent post was that of Reader in Islamic Thought at Durham University. While Dr Turner’s doctoral research was on state-clergy relations in Safavid Iran, his broader research interests include Muslim theology and philosophy, anthropology of religion, Quranic studies and the life and works of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.


  • Islam: The Basics (2005)
  • Said Nursi (2009)
  • The Quran Revealed: A Critical Analysis of Said Nursi’s Epistles of Light (2013)
  • Creation as Text: the Graphological Trope in Said Nursi’s Risale-i Nur by The Journal of Qur’anic Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

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