Mehmet Görmez

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Mehmet Görmez
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President of the Directorate of Religious Affairs
In office
11 November 2010 – 31 July 2017
Preceded byAli Bardakoğlu
Succeeded byAli Erbaş
Personal details
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Nizip, Gaziantep, Turkey
Spouse(s)Hatice Kübra Görmez
EducationAnkara University, Islamic Studies[1]
Known forPresident of Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı

Mehmet Görmez (born 1959) is the former President of the Presidency of Religious Affairs (Turkish: Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı from November 2010 to 31 July 2017,[2] commonly known as Diyanet) and as such legally the highest level Islamic cleric in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


Mehmet Görmez was born in 1959 in Nizip in Gaziantep Province, Turkey. He has been the President of Diyanet since November 2010. In 1987, he completed his studies of Islamic studies at Ankara University and gained his bachelor's degree at this faculty. Later, he became assistant at Ahmet Yesevi University in Kazakhstan. From 1988 to 1989, he visited Cairo University. In 1995, he earned his PhD in Islamic studies at the Ankara University. From 1997 to 1998, he lived in the United Kingdom. From 2001 to 2003 he gave lessons at the Hacettepe University. He became a professor in 2006.[1]

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared him an apostate.[3]

He speaks Turkish, Kurdish,[4] Arabic, and English. He is married and has three children.


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  2. ^ "Turkey's top cleric retires from his post". Anadolu Agency. 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Theological Battle Between ISIL and the Turkish State" War on the Rocks Magazine". HILMI DEMIR AND SELIM KORUMAY. May 4, 2016
  4. ^ "Interview by Faruk Bildirici". Hürriyet. Retrieved 2013-10-19.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ali Bardakoğlu
President of Religious Affairs of Turkey
Succeeded by
Ali Erbaş