Ihsan Yilmaz received his PhD in law from the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London in 1999. Between 1999-2001 he worked at the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow where he undertook a research project on the Turkish diaspora in London and another on the faith-based movement of Fethullah Gulen, his neo-ijtihad and renewal of Islam. Between 2001-2008, he taught comparative law, legal sociology, Islamic law and Turkish politics at the University of London. Currently he is a professor of political science at Fatih University, Istanbul. His research areas include the Turkish diaspora, Turkish politics, Islamic movements, Muslim legal pluralism and Fethullah Gulen's faith-based movement.