İBRAHİM ÖZDEMİR is a professor of philosophy and the Founding President of Hasan
Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep Turkey. Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at
Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.

He holds a Doctorate degree in philosophy from the Middle East Technical University,
Ankara and a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Theology and Islamic Philosophy from Ankara
, Turkey.

Professional interests

DR. ÖZDEMİR’s major is environmental ethics and environmental philosophy. However,
he is a generalist with a wide variety of scholarly and pedagogical interests, which include
ethics, history of philosophy, modern philosophy, philosophy of education and philosophy of
higher education.
His most recent publications include:

  • The Ethical Dimension of Human Attitude Towards Nature, 2nd edition, Insan Publications: Istanbul, 2008,
  • Jalaluddin Rumî and Confucius: Messages and Visions for a New Century, Tugra Books: New Jersey, 2013,
  • Globalization, Ethics, and Islam, editors: Ian Markham and Ibrahim Ozdemir, Aldershot:
  • Ashgate. 2005.

He has traveled widely in the Muslim world and the West. He was visiting a professor of
Islamic Studies at Hartford University and Hartford Seminary (2001-2003). He gives
many scholarly and public lectures in Turkey, Europe, the United States, and other countries.

After returning from the USA, he appointed as Director-General for International Relations,
Ministry of National Education. He represents Turkey at EU, UNESCO, and OECD
educational programs. (2003-2010).

In August 2015, he was part of the drafting team of the Islamic Declaration for Global
Climate Change, which called on the world's 1.8 billion Muslims to play an active role in
combatting climate change and have urged governments to conclude an effective universal
climate change agreement in Paris at the end of the year 2015.

The declaration welcomed by environmentalist groups and major media outlets in the world such as Newsweek, NYT, al-Jazeera, Nature Magazine, the Guardian etc.
He was a consultant at UNEP (United Nation Environmental Program), 2015–2016, New
York, USA.
He was selected as a jury member to The Higher Committee of The Award of The
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Environmental Management in The Islamic World,
2014–July 2018.


Although his major is environmental ethics and environmental philosophy, he addresses
various audiences concerning topics such as environmental philosophy, Muslim
environmental thought, sustainable development, religion, and the environment, interreligious
and intercultural dialogue, peace education, and Higher Education Leadership.

Other publications

B1 Non-refereed journal articles
“A Companion to Muslim Ethics”, Amyn B. Sajoo, (ed.), Muslim Heritage Series,
Institute for Ismaili Studies.
Ibrahim Özdemir
International journal of the Asian philosophical association

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