Kasım Kopuz graduated from the School of Law and Sharia at Al-Azhar University, and from the Law School of Istanbul University. He has studied history and sociology at Binghamton University (SUNY) where he earned his MA in Ottoman History. Currently he is working on his dissertation. He was part of the research group for the Structures of Social Sciences at Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations. His academic concentration is on reproduction of legal culture in Ottoman society during the 17th and 18th centuries. His main areas of interest are fiqh, usul al-fiqh, Islamic legal thought, social theory, cultural studies, knowledge production, world systems and civilizations.