Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar graduated from Ankara University’s Faculty of Literature, History and Geography’s Department of History.
She completed her PhD studies on the “Saint (Aziz) Mahmud Hudayi’s [ca. 1543-1628] Shrine Complex: Sufi Impact in the Civil Society Organizations in Ottoman Religious, Socio-Cultural History” at the Department of History of Hacettepe University.
She taught courses on Tasawwuf and Islamic civilization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
She was Associate Director (2006-2010) of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at UNC-Chapel Hill. She established the Turkish Studies Program at UNC-CH in 2009, and served as an instructor there until December 2013.
Upon returning to Turkey in October 2013, she worked at Istanbul Commerce and Halic Universities. At present, she teaches at Uskudar University’s Institute for Sufi Studies.