About Yunus Kumek
Dr. Kumek joined the Buffalo State faculty in the Spring of 2013 and has been teaching courses in religious studies. He became the Religious Studies Coordinator in Spring 2015. Dr. Kumek has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in religious studies at Daemen College and Niagara University as well. His research interests include anthropology of religion and education, exegetical scriptural analysis, religion and science, anthropology of medicine and mysticism and linguistic anthropology. Dr. Kumek has given academic talks and published in the areas of religion, anthropology and physics. Dr. Kumek completed his PhD at SUNY at Buffalo and published a book in the area of social anthropology and education titled International Teachers in American Schools (2011) examining the correlation between the teaching experience, beliefs and cultures of international teachers working in American schools. He continued his work as a research associate in the anthropology department of the same university. Subsequently, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Divinity School and published a book titled Religious Literacy Through Ethnography (2017) examining the experience of American college students with world religions. Inspired from Harvard Divinity school, Dr. Kumek is currently working to establish a similar religious literacy program at Buffalo State. Dr. Kumek has also a master’s degree in Physics from SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Kumek, who remains interested in physics, solves physics problems to relax and enjoys learning different languages and actively uses German, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, and Turkish in his research. He also takes great pleasure in classical mystical poetry analysis.
Areas of Interest: Exegetical scriptural analysis, anthropology of religion and education, religion and science, mysticism-sufism, comparative philology and literature.
Some Recent Publications & Presentations
“Sounds, Meanings and Scripture in Egypt,” Brill (or Cambridge Scholar), (Upcoming Book Chapter), Spring 2018.
“Happiness, Poverty and Scripture in Egypt,” Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, October 5, 2017.
Religious Literacy through Ethnography, (Book) (August, 2017), Kendall Hunt Publishing. Dubuque, Iowa.
“Personal Sacred Space and Sacred Time in the Public Space, ” American Academy of Religion (AAR), Waterloo Canada, April 29, 2017.
“Sacred Text Recitation in the Popular Culture of Egypt,” Harvard University’s Texts, Knowledge, and Practice Conference, February 17, 2017.
“Linguistic analysis of the expression “Sawain Baynana wa Baynakum,” known as Common Word among Christians, Jews, Muslims and other Religions,” American Academy of Religion (AAR), University of Pittsburgh, May 7, 2016.
“Understanding the Incoherence: The metaphysical and physical understanding of birds among Sufi practices and scholarship,” American Ethnological Society (AES), March 31, 2016.
“Experiencing the Mystical Across Religious Traditions," All WNY News, (Dec 5, 2016) (News Article)
“Meet Extremism by Promoting Education,” Buffalo News, (Jan 14, 2016). (Newspaper Article)
Teachers From Around the World: A Study of International Teachers in American Urban Schools, (Book) (March, 2010), VDM-Verlag Publications, Germany.
“The Effect of Beam Energy on the Quality of IMRT Plans for Prostate Conformal Radiotherapy,” (With Boer d. S., Wainwright J. and Podgorsak B. M.) Technology in Cancer Treatment and Research (TCRT), 6, 139-146, (2007).
“Quantum Statistical Theory of the Fermionic Quantum Hall Effect,” (With Prof. Fujita S., Prof. Ito K. and Prof. Okamura Y.) Phys. Rev. B 70. (2004).
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