Halil Ibrahim Yenigun

Halil Ibrahim Yenigün is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. In 2016-17, he was a fellow of Europe in the Middle East—the Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. Earlier, he had been dismissed from his assistant professor position at Istanbul Commerce University in February 2016, during Turkish president Erdogan’s campaign to purge non-loyal academics in reaction to the Petition for Peace. Yenigün received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Political Theory program with his dissertation titled, The Political Ontology of Islamic Democracy: An Ontological Narrative of Contemporary Muslim Political Thought.
Yenigün has published articles and opinion pieces in several journals and magazines, including Third World Quarterly, Turkish Studies, and openDemocracy. He has also given lectures at several universities in Turkey, US, Germany, and France, as well as occasional interviews to media sources on Muslim political thought, Islamism, peace activism, and Turkish democracy.
Yenigün’s primary research is on comparative political theory with a specific focus on contemporary Muslim political thought. He has been also involved, as a co-founder or officer, in several NGOs that work on human rights, social justice issues, and free circulation of ideas. He is among the group of academics in Turkey known as Academics for Peace.

Research Interests

  • Political Theory (Political Ontology, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Muslim Political Thought, Political Theology, Democratic Theory)
  • Comparative Politics (Turkish and Arab Islamist movements, Democratization, Turkish Politics and Democracy)


Recent Teaching

Recent Positions

Community Service


Turkish (native tongue)
English (fluent, residence and teaching in the U.S.)
Arabic (advanced; year-long intensive language study in Cairo, Egypt).
German (intermediate)
Ottoman Turkish (literate)