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 Religion is one factor that has determined human life, thought, art, wars, attitude towards other people, and the environment throughout history. Anyone who wants to understand himself and his surrounding, in short, human beings, cannot stay away from the content of religion – at least from the cultural impact of religion on people - which has influenced individuals and society throughout history and today.

  Throughout the history of Islamic thought, we see examples of cultural-based religion and knowledge-based confrontation in different scenarios in the lives of Farabi, Ibn Sina, Jabir b. Hayyan, Ebu Cafer al-Kharezmi, Ebu Bekir er-Razi, Gazzali, İbn Rüşd, İbnü'l Arabî, Mevlânâ and many others whose names we cannot list here.


We come across different examples of this confrontation in many thinkers, including the founders of modern science and those who lead to the Renaissance. From Dante to Voltaire, from Charles Darwin to Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein… This is true for many thinkers and scientists in the history of science and thought. Even Freud, who saw God and religious experience as an illusion, wrote a book on the future of religion. While examining the class struggle and social change, Karl Marx observed the effect of religion and faith on people. Friedrich Nietzsche, who subjected Christian morality and moralists to harsh criticism and said, "God is dead," examined the subjects of religion and theology in many of his works. There are many other examples.

Therefore, the effort to understand the sacred texts of religions is not only reserved for experts in the history of religions but also for every individual who wants to understand themselves.

When the narratives about religion are limited to a particular group, the deep metaphysical concepts of existence leave their place to a shallow and divisive religiosity after a while or turn into hostility against faith and humanity that completely hates religion and tries to erase all traces of it from life.


   In this respect, the sacred texts are the addressees of thought and contemplation rather than faith. But how to understand the scripture has been a matter of discussion for centuries. It is not an exaggeration to say that this element has been the basis of many discussions about culture throughout history and today.

  In principle, no one can dictate one's faith to another. In reality, this is not possible for faith, which is defined as the action of the heart. Because one's voluntary participation is mandatory. This voluntary participation makes faith free, untouchable, and protected. However, recognizing and knowing the object and content of belief is a must for every religionist, materialist, atheist, deist, nihilist, agnostic or theist.


    One must decide for himself—at least in principle—what to believe. But it is imperative for every person to know what he rejects, criticizes, or believes. That's why Onk Academy's heading is the phrase “Knowing comes before faith.”

The School of Understanding the Qur'an, together with all the relevant sub-disciplines of social sciences such as philosophy of science, history of religions, linguistics, religious sciences, anthropology, sociology, psychology, with their pros and cons, examines the role of beliefs and religions in the history of humanity and in the life of individuals and society today through the Qur'an. In addition, when relevant comparisons are made with other religious texts such as Torah, Psalms and Bible in relevant situations.

In short, the School of Understanding the Qur'an offers an education that is the product of 27 years of academic and private studies, in which Professor Küçük synthesized methods in social sciences, religious sciences, linguistics, Sufi psychology and the methods of understanding the Qur'an by important figures of the tradition of hikmah and wisdom such as Mevlânâ and

Ibn Arabi. 

Topics to be Covered with the Holistic Wisdom Method

  • Humankind’s relationship with faith, religion, and the sacred

  • Humankind's first religion: the Holy Mother: Nature

  • Formation of mythological beliefs

  • The most common belief myths

  • Spiritual pursuits

  • Astrological teachings

  • Fortune telling, divination

  • Institutionalization of beliefs

  • General characteristics of religions

  • The institutionalization process of religions

  • The origins and causes of the scholastic mentality

  • Divine religions

  • Why religions exist: Benefits and harms

  • Erosion of meaning in religions and its causes

  • Deterioration in religions over time and its causes

  • Novation and renewal

  • Why did religions become shallow?

  • Narrowing of language, meaning and thought becoming shallow

  • The surface and depths of faith history

  • What it means to be human

  • The role of religions and faith in humankind's search for meaning

  • Context is everything: “The Holistic Wisdom Method”

  • What is Faith?

  • Man-Nature-Universe-Allah in the Qur'an

  • Examining the verses of the Qur'an in terms of humankind's relationship with the Nature and the Universe

  • Evaluation of the Qur'anic verses in terms of science-religion relationship

  • Physics and metaphysical unity of the universe

  • Laws of Physics-Metaphysics

  • The principle that humans are hostile to what they do not know: Two aspects of fanaticism and bigotry in the history of religions; Religiosity without Ilm / Aggressive hostility against faith

  • Fatalism

  • The problem of evil

  • Is there divine justice?

  • Male-female relationship

  • Social life arrangements

  • Sufi signs of verses

  • The Qur'an's view of other religions and beliefs

  • The view of the Qur'anic verses about freedom


  Participants will grasp the context and method beyond existing written information from a perspective filtered from the tradition of hikmah and 'irfan. They will be able to use the awareness and wisdom gained by this method as a life skill in almost every subject related to human beings.

They will gain awareness and the ability to see the big picture about people and to resolve their doubts about religion on their own in the light of knowledge. Because the political, historical and cultural differentiations of the intervening centuries often make the problems related to religion and belief intricate, as they do today.

The education will give sighted minds the ability to see the big picture about themselves and resolve their hesitations independently.

After reading the Qur'an with this method, without the need for another intermediary, one will be able to develop one's way and perspective on religions and beliefs in the light of sources, knowledge, and method. 

In short, this education not only brings the participants face to face with hundreds of thousands of years of experience in the search for meaning, but also offers a unique method of wisdom in terms of the awareness and peace it brings to willing minds and hearts.

Purposes of the Holistic Wisdom Method

  • A method to understand people and religion through the Qur'an.

  • A perspective that includes answers to many current debates and questions about human beings.

  • Background and reality of contemporary debates on religion.

  • Archeology of faith

  • Learning the method for understanding religion

  • Comprehending the fundamentals of learning the religion from the source

  • The place of religions in human history

  • Rights and freedoms

  • Freedom of mind and heart

  • Freedom of belief according to the Qur'an

  • Emancipation from the shackles of mind and heart

  • Liberation from historical and traditional superstitions with the Qur'an

  • Individuality

  • According to the Qur’an, is an integrative understanding of religion that does not create conflict possible?

  • Transforming the Qur'an into a life guide without breaking away from life

  • Writing our own book through the Qur'an

  • Ways of transcending one's age by using the Qur'an

  • The Qur'an's healing for the heart

  • Reconsidering one's existence with the book of Allah

  • Me before the Qur'an, me after knowing the Qur'an

  • Being a "whole person" with the Qur'an

  • What does a human live with?

  • Why does humankind exist?

  • The formula of finding permanent peace and happiness according to the Qur'an

  • Reading and understanding the verses of our own book through the Qur'an


Religion has evolved similarly to the evolution of humanity. The mythological period, intertwined with nature's worship elements, was followed by the age of spiritism and magic. Concepts and values based on metaphysics have developed and regulations related to divine religions and social life. After atheism, deism, nihilism, and positivism, various belief movements in the twenty-first century called the "new age" century have entered a period in which institutional teachings and religious structures called "post-truth" have become dysfunctional.

Methods of approach to religions and beliefs:

  • Phenomenological method

  • Historical method

  • Hermeneutics

  • Holistic Wisdom Method


Semantic Expansion:

  • Tools of Thought, correcting and improving words

  • Analysis of words and concepts


A New Qur'anic Ontology:

  • Lord of the realms, heavens and space, Earth, Universe

  • Existence

  • Place of humanity in existence

  • Our levels of existence

  • Divine Breath

  • Kalam/ Logos spermaticus

  • Divine words and one's discovery of divine words

  • Historical Process


Redefining the concepts with the “Holistic Wisdom Method”

  • What is Revelation?

  • How does the experience of Revelation relate to each of one of us?

  • What is the Verse?

  • What is the Qur'an?

  • Qur'an and Mushaf

  • The role of the Prophet (pbuh) in the revelation process,

The Qur'an and previous Holy Scriptures

  • Torah, Zabur, Bible

  • Other scriptures that are considered sacred

  • What does it mean that the Qur'an is a universal scripture?


The main subjects of the holy scriptures

  • Social order

  • Human

  • Universe

  • Divinity

  • Prophets

  • Worships

  • The world and re-existence

  • Depictions of life after death


What is Belief ?

  • Knowledge – belief – religion

  • Commanders of thoughts: Beliefs

  • Existence

  • Human-Nature-Science

  • The formation processes of the monotheistic religions

  • Debates about religion and belief

  • Different lifestyles

  • Differences in belief

  • Two extreme ends in approach to religion: Bigotry and hostility to faith, their sources and consequences

  • Misconceptions about the Qur'an

  • Method for understanding religious sciences as a sub-branch of social sciences

  • God and human in the Qur'an


Representatives of the monotheistic religions on earth

  • Prophets and their messages

  • Common messages of all Prophets in the Qur'an

  • Historical and universal aspects of the prophets

  • What can a scripture that was sent down to the society 14 centuries ago offer to today's people?

  • The use of religions and prophets as ideological tools

  • The relationship between the Prophet (pbuh) and the Qur'an

  • Principles of the Prophet's (pbuh) interpretation and practice of the Qur'an

  • Relationship of the Prophet (pbuh) with members of other religions


Interpretation of sacred text

  • Hermeneutics

  • Religion-Interpretation relationship

  • Understanding the Qur'an (fehmu'l-Qur'an)

  • Tafsir, Te'vil, Interpretation, Translation

  • Understanding the Qur'an through Translations

  • Translation (meâl) and beyond: The saying “The translator is a traitor (Traduttore traditore)” and its reasons: With translation or without translation

  • Types of Tafsir

  • Is the Qur'an a sufficient text for understanding religion?

  • The main problems encountered today in understanding the Qur'an, their causes and solutions

  • A view of the Qur'an from the perspective of the discipline of sociology

  • A view of the Qur'an from the perspective of philosophy of history

  • A view of the Qur'an from the perspective of psychology discipline

  • A view of the Qur'an from the perspective of Sufi psychology

  • Relevant principles of the Holistic Wisdom Method

  • The meaning layers of the Verses

  • The wording of each verse, the other meanings of the words that are not included in the translations, the indications related to the context and the relationship with the Qur'an as a whole.

  • Conflicts created by a single-level understanding of scriptures

  • Commentary wars - Religious conflicts

  • Distinction between commentary and excessive commentary

  • The use of scriptures as a tool for faith and religious division

  • How to perform reading? Qira'at and Chant and contents

  • The use of the Qur'an in history and today as a tool of religious division and social conflict

  • Accusing someone of disbelief with the Qur'an (takfir)

  • Historical and universal aspects of the Qur'an: Constants, variables.

  • Muhkem and mutashabih

  • The ruling aspects of religions

  • "Verses of judgment in previous heavenly books"

  • "Verses of the Qur'an containing provisions (ahkam)"

  • The main problems frequently encountered today in understanding the Qur'an

  • Evaluation method of religious sources

Parables of the Qur'an

  • What is a Parable?

  • Dressing ourselves with the parables

  • Past stories, timeless messages

  • Local characteristics and universal principles of the events in the Qur'an


After abovementioned topics are discussed with the Holistic Wisdom Method, the relevant verses will be studied every week, starting with the Fatiha.

Although not obligatory, there will be suggested works to show participants the current situation in the relevant literature in order to allow participants to make comparisons using the "holistic wisdom method".

Linguistic analysis of words through each verse, Arabic text and its Turkish version, the explanations of the Prophet about the concepts, the signs of wording and meaning, if there are references to the relevant subjects in the Torah, the Psalms and the Bible, they will be evaluated and examined in a language that all participants can understand, in the context of the "holistic wisdom method" which is also created by the trainer. Thus, within the specified education period, the entire Qur'an will be studied.

Investigations and studies are not a production of an information but are completely original. It is based on the perspective of "holistic wisdom method".

Every week there will be awareness practices extracted from the analysis of the Qur'anic text. 



Who can attend: The education is open to all participants with an interest in the

abovementioned topics.


4 Years / 8 Semesters
112 Weeks, 224 Hours

September, 2022 (16 Weeks)

February 2023 (14 Weeks)

 (Seminars are suspended during Ramadan)


Pre-registration is until September 2022.
Education begins on September 26, 2022 and after that
registration will not be accepted for this program for 4 years until 2026.

Educations are paid.


Normal Education: Every Monday 13:00 -15:00 ( with Türkiye time)
Distance (Online): Education Every Monday 13:00 -15:00 ( with Türkiye time)






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