Ahmet Karakaya



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Research Centre/Unit: EGENIS - Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences

I am currently a PhD student in Egenis interested in ethical issues at the beginning of life particularly human embryonic stem cell research, Islamic and intercultural bioethics particularly the response of Muslim communities to contemporary biotechnology. 

Before joining Egenis, I obtained my BA in Chemical Engineering at Yeditepe University (Istanbul/Turkey), and my MA in Civilizational Studies at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University (Istanbul/Turkey).



List of publications


Karakaya, A., Ilkilic, I. 2016. Ethical Assessment of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research According to Turkish Muslim Scholars: First Critical Analysis and Some Reflections. Stem Cell Rev and Rep 12(4): 385-93.

Karakaya, A., Ozilgen, M. 2011. Energy utilization and carbon dioxide emission in the fresh, paste, whole-peeled, diced, and juiced tomato production processes. Energy 36(8): 5101-510.

Book Chapters

Karakaya, A. 2018. “The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Turkey: Exploring the Moral Reasoning of Muslim Scholars”, In C. Hauskeller, A. Manzeschke, A. Pichl (eds.) The Matrix of Stem Cell Research Revisited. Routledge (in press)

Karakaya, A. (2018). "An Evaluation of the Concepts of 'Human' and 'Person' within the Framework of Medical Ethics (In Turkish)". In L. Sunar, L. Karagöz (eds.), Humanbeing in Contemporary Thought. Istanbul: Nobel Yayincilik. (in press).

Karakaya, A. (2015). "The Voice of the Disciples of Nur Movement: Ihlas, Zulfikar, and Uhuvvet Newspapers (In Turkish)", In Işık, V., Köroğlu, A., Sezgin, E. (eds.), Islamic Journals in Turkey Between 1960-1980. İstanbul: Nobel Yayıncılık.


Ilkilic, I., Ertin, H., Karakaya, A., and et.al. (2014) "Ethical Practices and Regulations (In Turkish)". In A. Can and T. Demirer (eds.), National Stem Cell Policies Workshop. Ankara: Turkish Academy of Sciences.

Other Publications

Karakaya, A. 2015. A Sunday Morning in Istanbul. Hayat Saglik Dergisi 14, 44-46.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Bioethics through a Religious Lens: Exploring the Religious Discourses on Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Turkey” , Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference 2017, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK, June 29-30, 2017

“Stem Cell Research and Religious Approaches”, Workshop on the Ethical Issues Regarding the Beginning of Life, Republic of Turkey Presidency of Religious Affairs, Ankara, Turkey, April 21, 2017.

“An Evaluation of the Concepts of 'Human' and 'Person' within the Framework of Medical Ethics”, Human being in Contemporary Thought Workshop, Scientific Studies Association, Istanbul, Turkey, March 18, 2017.

“Moral Status of Embryo and Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Islamic- Religious Perspectives”, The 1st Postgraduate Conference of Istanbul University Faculty of Theology Department of Islamic Law, Istanbul, Turkey, October 24-25, 2015.

“Ethical Assessment of ESC-Research among Turkish-Muslim Theologians”, International Summer School in Germany. TTN The Institute Technology-Theology-Natural Sciences at Ludwig- Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany, September 28-October 2, 2015.

“Ethical and Legal Issues Regarding Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Turkey” The 3rd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Health, Culture and Human Body, HCHB, Istanbul, Turkey, September 11-13, 2014.

“Bioethics Through a Religious Lens: The Case of Stem Cell Research” 4th World Congress for Middle East Studies, WOCMES, Ankara, Turkey, August 18-22, 2014.

“Human Rights in Islam: The Case of the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam”, The 10th Graduate Conference of Turkish Political Science Association, Ankara, Turkey, December 16, 2012.