Seyfeddin Kara | Hartford Seminary

Seyfeddin Kara

Assistant Professor of Shi’i Studies and Relations between Islamic Schools of Thought
Holder of Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools


  • B.A. (Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey)
  • M.A. (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
  • M.A. (Islamic College, London, UK)
  • PhD (University of Durham, UK)

Areas of Study

  • Shiʿi studies
  • Quranic studies
  • Hadith studies
  • Sunni-Shiʿi relations
  • Early history of Islam
  • Islamic legal theory
  • Islam and politics
  • Islam and human rights
  • Islamophobia studies


Professor Kara was born and raised in Turkey and studied in seminaries in Syria, Iran and the UK. He is an interdisciplinary researcher and his academic interests focus on both the early history of Islam and contemporary issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims. He has published journal articles in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Journal of Royal Asiatic Society, The Muslim World and Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies and is currently working on a monograph about the Shiʿi approach to the textual history of the Qur’an. Prior to joining Hartford Seminary, Seyfeddin worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Durham, UK.

Before pursuing a career in academia, he worked at London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission for several years and submitted reports to the various United Nations treaty bodies. He also attended meetings at the UN Human Rights Council, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is a fellow of UK Higher Education Academy. Most of his works are available at

Professor Kara is the second holder of the Imam Ali Chair in Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools, the only chair of its kind in North America.

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