The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies was founded through the generous donation of Mr. Ali Vural Ak, businessman and entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey, in 2009. The center is situated on the dynamic and innovative campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, outside of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
Its strategic location allows the center to draw on unparalleled resources to advance its mission in research, education, and opportunities for current and future scholars of Islamic studies. Through conferences, workshops, lectures, and other events, it is able to engage in community outreach with one of the most diverse populations in the country.
In addition to the director, the center is administered by staff, student affiliates, and a faculty steering committee.