Faruk Yaslıçimen received his BA in History and International Relations (double major) from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004. He continued his graduate education at Bilkent University, where he received his MA in History in 2008 with a dissertation titled as Sunnism versus Shiism? Rise of the Shiite Politics and of the Ottoman Apprehension in Late Nineteenth Century Iraq. In 2015, he received his PhD at Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich, where he defended his doctoral dissertation on Being Shiite in the Late Ottoman Empire: Communities, Identities and StateSociety Relations. His areas of scholarly research and interest covers sectarian relations in the Ottoman Empire, history of the Ottoman Middle East in the nineteenth century, and Ottoman historiography. Yaslıçimen works at SETA Istanbul as a researcher and focuses on the field of cultural policies in Turkey.
A visitor of the Diyanet Center notes that the mosque is already filled with Muslims from various backgrounds, all gathering every week for Friday sermons and excited by the scene that makes them feel at home.