İştar Gözaydın is a professor of law
and politics who received her MCJ (Master of Comparative Jurisprudence) at New
York University, School of Law (1987); and Ph.D. at Istanbul University (1992).
Gözaydın is a founder member of the executive committee of the Helsinki
Citizens Assembly, a human rights organization in Turkey. Professor
Gözaydın was a research fellow at the University of London, Birkbeck College in
2009. Gozaydin’s publications include “Management of Religion in Turkey”: the Diyanet and Beyond” in Özgür Heval
Çınar & Mine Yıldırım (ed.s): Freedom
of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2014, 10-35;
“Ahmet Davutoğlu: Role as an Islamic Scholar Shaping Turkey’s Foreign Policy”
in Nassef Manabilang Adiong (ed.):
and International Relations: Diverse Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing,2013;
“Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı,” in John L. Esposito (ed): Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Oxford University Press, February 2009; “The Fethullah Gülen Movement
and Politics in Turkey : a chance for Democratization or a Trojan Horse?:” Democratization, vol.
no. 6 (December 2009), 1214-1236.