for multiplex research

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Istanbul Circle is an international forum for academics, ulema and scholars of Islam who are interested in crafting a uniquely Muslim approach to the social sciences.

We seek to engage academics and scholars from diverse institutions, universities, and traditional madrasas and provide a forum where they can pose questions that are most relevant in our current times but the answers to which can be immeasurably enriched through resort to the Islamic scholarly tradition. 


We seek to explore ways to bridge the gap between Islam and the social sciences and humanities
through a multiplex approach to existence and knowledge.


We aim to promote active collaboration of Muslim academics.


One of the ultimate goals of IC is to create an international network of scholars of Islam

Multidisciplinary Research

We want to facilitate multidisciplinary research on Islam and society.

Intellectual exchange

We aim to provide occasions for intellectual interchange and critical discussions questioning the philosophical foundations of the social sciences.

What is multiplex research?

The Idea of Multiplexity

The paradigms upon which the social sciences are grounded and once deemed unquestionable are now more questioned than ever before. Recently, in the search for alternative paradigms, the world view of Islam has come to the fore again, especially among Muslims, as one of the most promising ways of thinking. Academics who continue their studies in various parts of the world have put forward new approaches inspired by the Islamic worldview and its scientific tradition in order to solve or overcome the aforementioned crisis in Western social sciences. Multiplexity has been revealed precisely for this purpose.

Multiplexity is a new paradigmatic framework based on the acceptance of some of the basic assumptions of the Islamic thought (i.e. marātib al-wujūd, marātib al-‘ulūm, marātib al-usūl, marātib al-haqā’iq, marātib al-ma’āni, marātib al-ahkām) as the new principles of social studies.

This new approach, which can be described as a form of Islamic thought and re-expressed as multiplexity by Dr. Recep Şentürk, brings with it a new definition of science and societal science beyond its claim to be a new theoretical grounding for social studies.

Multiplexity is an alternative paradigm rooted in the Islamic intellectual tradition and is a multilevel framework for the study of human action and society, one that can serve as the basis for all of the social scientific disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, economics, and politics.

“The multiplex approach offers an alternative worldview to the present hegemonic reductionist perspectives.”


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