Mehmetcan Akpınar is a Junior Research and Teaching Fellow (Nachwuchswissenschaftler/Habilitand) at the Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies. He researches and teaches on different topics of Islamic Intellectual History.
He received his doctorate with honors from the University of Chicago, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a dissertation entitled "Narrative Representations of Abu Bakr in the 2nd / 8th century." His study, one the first monographs on Abu Bakr (d. 634), critically investigates the Islamic narrative material on the first caliph of Islam and offers a novel methodological approach to examine the often conflicting reports on the prominent figures of Early Islam. His work has been recently awarded the second prize of the Gorgias Press International Classical Islamic World Book Prize, and received a mention award from the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) – De Gruyter International Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World.
Apart from offering courses on the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, Hadith Literature, Quranic Exegesis and Arabic Historiography; his teaching interests include various topics of Islamic Law, Mysticism, Arabic Literature and Islamic History such as marriage & divorce, rituals of veneration, conversion, (auto)/biographical literature, crusades and notions of warfare.