Born and raised in Turkey, Fatih Harpci graduated from Marmara University in Istanbul. Harpci’s goal is to contribute to interfaith dialogue especially among Christians and Muslims. In preparing to meet that goal he earned MATS from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Harpci received his PhD in Religion from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He came to St. Lawrence as Visiting Assistant Professor from Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.
His PhD dissertation examines the Hadiths reports of Prophet Muhammad's words about and attitudes toward Jesus ('Isa in Arabic). The study focuses especially on Prophet Muhammad's statements concerning Jesus' second coming and his messianic roles toward the End Times. Harpci's research areas include comparative religion, inter-religious dialogue, Islamic history, and Islamic eschatology. He has been a frequent presenter in congregations and community groups on Islam as well as on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue. He also writes articles for The Fountain, bi-monthly magazine of scientific and spiritual thought.