İbrahim Kalın was born in 1971 in Istanbul. After his graduation from Istanbul University Department of History, he earned his master’s degree at the International Islamic University Malaysia.  He was conferred the title of Doctor  at the George Washington University in 2002 and Professor  at İbn Haldun University in 2020. He gave lectures  at several universities including Georgetown, Bilkent, and İbn Haldun Universities. He became a member of board of overseers  at Ahmet Yesevi International Turkish-Kazakh University and Turkish-Japanese Science and Technology University. He established and chaired SETA Foundation (Political, Economic, and Social Research Foundation) in 2005. İbrahim Kalın wrote several  papers, articles, and books, which have been translated into several languages and published on international academic media; presented papers at various councils, congresses, conferences, and panels; and contributed in workshops. İbrahim Kalın wrote articles and books in disciplines such as the Turkish foreign policy, politics, philosophy, and history, and contributed to literature in these fields with his  recent works.

Apart from his assignment as Director of the National Intelligence Organization in June 2023, from 2009 onwards İbrahim Kalın also served as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister , Coordinator of the Office of Public Diplomacy, of which he was also a founder, Deputy Undersecretary  for Foreign Relations and Public Diplomacy at the Office of the Prime Minister, Deputy Secretary General Responsible for Strategy and International Relations at the Office of the President,  Acting Chairman of the Presidential Council for Security and Foreign Policies, and Chief Advisor  for Security and Foreign Policies at the Office of the President, respectively. In addition to his duties in bureaucracy, he also continued to serve as Presidential Spokesperson, a position he had assumed in 2014 with the title of ambassador, until he was appointed as Director of the National Intelligence Organization. İbrahim Kalın speaks English, Arabic, Farsi, and French.



Kalın, İbrahim. İslam ve Batı. İstanbul: İSAM, 2007.

Bülbül, Kudret, Bekir Berat Özipek ve İbrahim Kalın, ed. Aşk ile Nefret Arasında Türkiye’de
Toplumun Batı Algısı. Ankara: SETA, 2008.

Kalın, İbrahim. Knowledge in Later Islamic Philosophy: Mulla Sandra on Existence, Intellect
and Intuition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Kalın, İbrahim. Akıl ve Erdem. İstanbul: Küre Yayınları, 2013.

M. Ghazi bin Muhammad, İbrahim Kalın ve Kalın, İbrahim. “M. Ghazi bin Muhammad and M. Hashim Kamali, ed. War, Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad. Amman: MABDA, 2013.

Kalın, İbrahim, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Sadra, Mulla. The Book of Metaphysical Penetrations, A Parallel English-Arabic Text of Kitab al-Masha’ir. Ed. İbrahim Kalın. Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2014.

Kalın, İbrahim. Varlık ve İdrak: Molla Sadrâ’nın Bilgi Tasavvuru. Çev. Nurullah Koltaş. İstanbul: Klasik Yayınları, 2015.

Kalın, İbrahim. Ben, Öteki ve Ötesi: İslam-Batı İlişkileri Tarihine Giriş. İstanbul: İnsan Yayınları, 2016.

Kalın, İbrahim. Barbar, Modern, Medenî: Medeniyet Üzerine Notlar. İstanbul: İnsan Yayınları, 2018.

Kalın, İbrahim. Perde ve Mânâ: Akıl Üzerine Bir Tahlil. İstanbul: İnsan Yayınları, 2020.

Kalın, İbrahim. Açık Ufuk: İyi, Doğru ve Güzel Düşünme Üzerine. İstanbul: İnsan Yayınları, 2021.

Kalın, İbrahim. Gök Kubbenin Altında. İstanbul: Mecra Kitap, 2022.

Book Chapters

Kalın, İbrahim. “The Sacred Versus the Secular: Nasr on Science.” Library of Living Philosophers: Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Ed. L. E. Hahn, R. E. Auxier and L. W. Stone. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2001, 445-462.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Three Views of Science in the Islamic World.” God, Life, and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives. Ed. Ted Peters Muzaffar Iqbal and Syed Nomanul Haq. Oxford: Routledge, 2002, 19-53.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Roots of Misconseption: Euro-American Perceptions of Islam Before and After September 11.” Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition. Ed. Joseph E. B. Lumbard. Indiana: World Wisdom, 2009: 143-187.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Islamophobia and the Limits of Multiculturalism.” Islamophobia and the Challenges of Pluralism in the 21st Century, Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011, 50-61.

Kalın, İbrahim. “The Ak Party in Turkey.” The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics. Ed. John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 423-439.


Kalın, İbrahim. “An Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Mullâ Sadrâ with a Brief Account of His Life.” Islamic Studies. 42/1 (2003): 21-62.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Islam and Peace: A Survey of the Sources of Peace in the Islamic Tradition.” Islamic Studies. 44/3 (2005): 327-362.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Debating Turkey in the Middle East: the Dawn of a New Geo-Political Imagination?” Insight Turkey. (2009): 83-96.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Modern Dünyada Geleneksel İslâm’ın İzini Süren Bir Hakîm: Seyyid Hüseyin Nasr.” İş Ahlakı Dergisi. 2/3 (2009): 135-142.

Kalın, İbrahim. “US-Turkish Relations under Obama: Promise, Challenge and Opportunity in the 21st Century.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 12/1 (2010): 93-108.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in Turkey.” Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs. 16/3 (2011): 5-23.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Turkish Foreign Policy: Framework, Values, and Mechanisms.” International Journal. 67/1 (2012): 7-21.

Kalın, İbrahim. “After the Coup Attempt, Turkey’s Success Story Continues.” Insight Turkey. 18/3 (2016): 11-17.

Kalın, İbrahim. “Hoca Ahmed Yesevî, Hüküm ve Hikmet.” Bilig. 80 (2017): 1-14.