|Residence||Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Education||Juris Doctor, College of Law, University of Arizona|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Occupation||Author, Activist, Professor|
|Organization||Co-founder of MPJP Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress|
|Known for||involvement in the Islamic Reform movement, promoting philosophy and critical thinking, and literary works on the subject|
Edip Yuksel (born 1957) is an intellectual considered one of the prime figures in the modern Islamic reform and Quranism (Quraniyoon) movements. Author of many books on the Qur'an and Islam, he has gained much attention through his works and speeches.
His main aim, as stated throughout his writings, is to spread an Islamic understanding that is rational, progressive, and humanistic, which in his eyes can only be gained through accepting the Qur'an as the only Divine authority. He is also a promoter of Theistic evolution, an understanding he gets from science and the Qur'an, instead of Creationism. Specifically, Yuksel is critical of Islamic creationists such as Adnan Oktar. Yuksel is a former member of United Submitters International.
Yuksel was born in Turkey in 1957 into a Kurdish family. His father, Sadreddin Yuksel, an Islamic scholar, taught Arabic at a Turkish university. His brother, Metin Yüksel was assassinated by nationalists. Yuksel says that he was an outspoken Islamist as a youth, and spent years in prison for his views. Yuksel says that he broke with Islamism in 1986 and adopted the Qur'an Alone philosophy as preached by Rashad Khalifa, the inspiration of the United Submitters International whose beliefs include: the dedication of all worship practices to God alone, upholding the Quran alone, and rejecting the Islamic traditionalist hadith and sunnah attributed to Muhammad. Because of this, Yuksel's traditionalist father, Sadreddin, declared his son an apostate, and he received many death threats from Orthodox Muslims. In 1989, he was sponsored for immigration to the US by Khalifa. Yuksel moved to Tucson, entered college, got a legal degree, and became a prominent member of the United Submitters International. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993.
Professor Aisha Musa, from Florida International University, says in her book Hadith as Scripture about Yuksel:
"Edip Yuksel [..], is a prominent figure among advocates of the doctrine of Qur'an alone. His works are published in the traditional print media, and he also maintains two active websites.[..]Born and raised in Turkey, [...], Yuksel comes from a traditional Sunni background. [..] Although Yuksel initially came to his belief that the Qur'an is the only legitimate source of religious guidance in Islam, his own writings show much more independence than does the work of Kassim Ahmad. Like Khalifa and Ahmad, Yuksel rejects the Hadith using the same Qur'anic criteria. However, he differs with Khalifa in his interpretation of the Qur'an on a number of issues, [...]. Yuksel's work represent a new trend that has emerged in the modern-day Qur'anist movement in the last several years,[..]"
He now teaches philosophy and logic at Pima Community College and medical ethics and criminal Law courses at Brown Mackie College. He taught Turkish to high school students at a Charter School, where one of his two sons attend.
Yuksel is the author of over twenty books on religion, politics, philosophy and law in Turkish. He has published many pamphlets and essays in English, most of them put out by the United Submitters press—his former congregation., and has written many articles on his own website and several press-websites. His new publications are with Brainbowpress. His official website  remains banned in Turkey following complaints by Islamic Adnan Oktar (a.k.a. Harun Yahya).
- The Quran: A Reformist Translation (2007-2012, Brainbow Press, ISBN 978-0-9796715-0-0) The Reformist Translation of the Quran offers a non-sexist and non-sectarian understanding of the divine text; it is the result of collaboration between three translators, two men and a woman. It explicitly rejects the authority of the clergy to determine the likely meaning of disputed passages. It uses logic and the language of the Quran itself as the ultimate authority in determining likely meanings, rather than ancient scholarly interpretations rooted in patriarchal hierarchies. It offers extensive cross-referencing to the Bible and provides arguments on numerous philosophical and scientific issues. It is God's message for those who prefer reason over blind faith, for those who seek peace and ultimate freedom by submitting themselves to the Truth alone.
- "A bold and beautiful translation that serves a timely reminder to all believers that the Qur'an is not a static scripture, but a living, breathing, ever-evolving text whose sacred words are as applicable today as when they were first uttered by the Prophet Muhammad fourteen centuries ago." Reza Aslan
- Manifesto for Islamic Reform (English; Turkish, 2007-2012, Brainbow Press, ISBN 978-0-9796715-6-2 ). An essay on many notable differences between the Qur'anic message and traditional Islamic beliefs and doctrines.
- Critical Thinkers for Islamic Reform(English; Turkish, 2009-2012, Brainbow Press, ISBN 978-0-9796715-7-9 ). An anthology edited by Edip Yuksel, Arnold Mol and Faruk Peru, containing articles of leading 30 progressive Muslim reformists.
- Peacemaker's Guide to Warmongers: Exposing Robert Spencer, Osama bin Laden, David Horowitz, Mullah Omar, Bill Warner, Ali Sina and other Enemies of Peace(English, 2010-2012, Brainbow Press, ISBN 978-0-9796715-3-1). This book comprises eight sections: 1. An Invitation to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and All, an excerpt from the last section of the Manifesto for Islamic Reform. 2. An analysis of selected Quranic verses that are distorted or taken out of context to justify violence and terror, an excerpt from notes of Quran: a Reformist Translation. 3. Interview with FrontPage Magazine about my life and cause to promote Islamic reform. 4. A debate between me and Robert Spencer, Bill Warner, and Thomas Haidon, which was organized by and published at FrontPage Magazine. 5. Another debate between me and Khalim Massoud, Thomas Haidon, Abul Kasem, Robert Spencer, and Bill Warner. 6. A lengthy debate between me and Ali Sina, the agitator-in-chief of the faithfreedom.org site. The debate is presented in 16 sessions. 7. Various essays I have written on violence, peace and war. 8. Various related news and essays by other authors. The royalty from this book will be distributed among the following non-profit peace organizations, and I invite readers to donate to any and all of these and other organizations as long as they promote peace, justice and progress: • Amnesty International • Code Pink: Women for Peace • Common Dreams • Democracy in Action • Democracy Now • If Americans Knew • Jewish Voice for Peace • Kucinich.us • Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress • Unitarian Universalist Association • United for Peace and Justice 
- Test Your Quranic Knowledge Contains six sets of multiple choice questions and their answers. 2007-2012, Brainbow Press, ISBN 978-0-9796715-5-5 ) 
- The Prime Argument/Asal Tartisma (English; Turkish). A two-round argument with Prof. Carl Sagan regarding claims for a mathematical structure in the Qur'an. (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1995, 64 pp.); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998, 92 pp.)
- Running Like Zebras (English, 2012, Braionbow Press, ISBN 978-0982586730 ). An Internet debate with Abdurrahman Lomax. (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1995, 114 pp.)
- Unorthodox Essays (English). Essays on usury, domestic violence, and abortion. (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1994, 28 pp.)
- Nineteen Questions for Christian Clergy/Hristiyan Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru (English; Turkish). An examination of the teachings and practices of modern Christianity. (Monotheist International, Tucson, 1993–1999, 3 editions, 100 pp); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998).
- Nineteen Questions for Muslim Clergy/Musluman Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru (English; Turkish). Criticism of the Muslim clergy. (Renaissance Institute, Tucson, 1991, 66 pp.; The Monotheist Productions Int., Tucson, 1992, 80 pp.); Turkish version (Gosterge, Istanbul, 1992, 72 pp.; Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1997–2001, 5 editions, 110 pp.).
- The Message: Qur'an’s Translation/Mesaj: Kuran Cevirisi. A Turkish translation of the Qur'an. (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 2000–2008, 5 editions, 600 pp.)
- Purple Letters/Mor Mektuplar. Essays on religion, politics, law, philosophy, women, human rights. (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 2000–2008, 2 editions, 232 pp.)
- Democracy, Oligarchy, Theocracy/Demokrasi, Oligarsi, Teokrasi. A discussion of Turkish democracy and secularism (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998–2008; 133 pp.).
- On It Is Nineteen/Uzerinde Ondokuz Var. A study of the mathematical structure of the Bible and the Qur'an. (Milliyet Publishing, Istanbul, 1997, Ozan Publishing, 2000–2008, 4 editions 320 pp.).
- The Prime Argument/Asal Tartisma (E; T). A two-round argument with Prof. Carl Sagan regarding claims for a mathematical structure in the Qur'an. (The Monotheist International, Tucson, 1995, 64 pp.); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1998–2008, 92 pp.).
- Errors In Translations of the Quran/Kuran Cevirilerindeki Hatalar. A book comparing eleven Turkish translations of the Qur'an. (Gosterge, Istanbul, 1992, 164 pp.; Milliyet Publishing, Istanbul, 1998; Ozan Publishing 2007-2008 182 pp.)
- Nineteen Questions for Christian Clergy/Hristiyan Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru. An examination of modern Christianity. (Monotheist International, Tucson, 1993–1999, 3 editions, 100 pp); Turkish translation (Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 2 edition 1998-2008).
- Nineteen Questions for Muslim Clergy/Musluman Din Adamlarina Ondokuz Soru. A book challenging Muslim clerics. (Renaissance Institute, Tucson, 1991, 66 pp.; The Monotheist Productions Int., Tucson, 1992, 80 pp.); Turkish version (Gosterge, Istanbul, 1992, 72 pp.; Ozan Publishing, Istanbul, 1997–2008, 10 editions, 110 pp.). The English version is currently revised for a possible publication.
- Censored Essays/Sakincali Yazilar. A rebuttal of published articles critical of "Interesting Questions-2." (Devlet, Istanbul, 1989, 2 editions,100 pp.)
- Books Are Dangerous/Kitap Okumanin Zararlari. A book urging the reader to become a critical thinker. (Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 106 pp.)
- Interesting Questions-2/Ilginç Sorular-2. (Yuzondort, Istanbul, 1987, 190 pp.; Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 2nd-3rd editions, 190 pp; A revised version was later published by Ozan, Istanbul, 5th edition, 1999, 184 pp.)
- Interesting Questions-1/Ilginc Sorular-1. Essays on religion, philosophy, and politics. (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1985–1987, 8 editions, 214 pp.; Beyan, Istanbul, 1988, 9th edition, 214 pp.)
- Chemical Properties of Iron in the Quran/Kuran'da Demirin Kimyasal Esrari. A booklet on Qur'an 57:25. (Timas, Istanbul, 1984, 48 pp.)
- Is The Bible God's Word?/Kitab-i Mukaddes Allah Sözü müdür? Critical evaluation of the Bible. (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1984, 2 editions, 164 pp.)
- The 40th Commandment of Joseph/Yusuf'un 40. Emri. Poems (Madve, Istanbul, 1984, 72 pp.)
- Quran, the Ultimate Miracle|Kuran En Buyuk Mucize. A book co-authored with Ahmad Deedat re Islam and science. (Inkilab, Istanbul, 1983–88, 16 editions, 204 pp.).
- The Interrogation/Sorusturma. A novel about police interrogation and torture of a political detainee (XYZ, Istanbul, 1982, ??? pp.).
- Aisha Y. Musa. Hadith as Scripture; Discussions on the Authority of Prophetic Traditions in Islam 2008, ISBN 978-0-230-60535-0.
- Jamie Glazov. From Radical to Reformed Muslim. FrontPageMag.com, December 04, 2007.
- http://deenrc.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/a-reformist-translation-0979671507.pdf. Page 487.
- http://deenrc.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/a-reformist-translation-0979671507.pdf. Page 510.
- Higgins, Andrew (March 17, 2009). "An Islamic Creationist Stirs a New Kind of Darwinian Struggle". Wall Street Journal.
- Yuksel, Edip. "In The Name Of Allah: The Saga of an Islamic Dissident and Reformer". Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- "Edip Yuksel's Resume (long version)". Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- Quran: A Reformist Translation. Product information, Brainbow Press.com.
- http://www.amazon.com/dp/0979671507 Amazon.com
- Online Quran Project includes the Qur'an translation by Edip Yuksel.
- Manifesto for Islamic Reform
- Edip Yuksel's official site
- Quran: a Reformist Translation
- Yuksel's Turkish publications
- Yuksel's publisher
- A Celebration of Heresy Conference