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Masonic and Muslim Worlds Collide


When Freemasonry came to the Turkish Empire in the early 20th century, it introduced rich elements of secular spirituality through its unique rituals and constitutions. These new cultural elements were greatly appealing to Turkey’s Muslim residents, who joined the fraternity seeking new perspectives of the world.

At this year’s UCLA International Conference, taking place April 7 in Los Angeles, Remzi Sanver, past grand master of the Grand Lodge of Turkey, will explore this exciting time in Turkish Masonic history.


Most Worshipful Sanver, who holds a doctoral degree in economics from Boğaziçi University, is a senior researcher at the French National Scientific Research Center. He is known for his research on game theory and collective decision-making.

Sanver as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Turkey from 2010-2013, as its grand secretary from 2007-2009, and as master of Ulku Lodge No. 3 in Istanbul from 2003-2005. He is an active member of Mimar Sinan Research Lodge and has published papers in Turkish and Bulgarian.

He will be joined by Masonic scholars from throughout the world, including:

  • Margaret C. Jacob, Ph.D.– University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire. Ph.D. – University of Nice, France
  • José Antonio Ferrer Benimeli, Ph.D. – University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Jessica Harland-Jacobs, Ph.D. – University of Florida
  • Reinhard Markner, M.A. – University of Innsbruck, Austriav
  • Susan Mitchell Sommers, Ph.D. – Saint Vincent College, Pennsylvania
  • María Eugenia Vázquez Semadeni, Ph.D. – University of California, Los Angeles


Conference registration is $30. Add a delicious Southern-style buffet lunch for just $20!

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