Elderly theologian among those to be detained

Yıldırım, who graduated from the Faculty of Theology of Ankara University in 1964, has written numerous books on theology and has over 70 articles to his name. Yıldırım chaired the departments of Quranic exegesis at both Ataturk University and Marmara University between 1977 and 1993.

He then served as the dean of the Faculty of Theology at Sakarya University between 1993 and 1995.

While at Marmara University, he also taught as a visiting professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia between 1998 and 2000.

Yıldırım currently teaches at Fatih University in İstanbul.