Özay received his master’s degree at the Institute of Middle-East and Muslim Countries and PhD at the Social Science Institute at Marmara University. Between 2007-2010, he lectured in some state and private universities in Aceh, Indonesia. He was a researcher-lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) between 2010-2013. While in Indonesia and Malaysia, he conducted research on the history of Aceh and Malaya in the context of colonialism, independence movements, and the sociology of Muslim societies. He presented his works in various international conferences and published them in national and international publications. His current research is in the field of the relations between the Ottoman State, the modern Turkish Republic, and the Malay world, secularization-modernization, as well as on colonial ethics, missionary activities, and related fields.
Aceh-Turk relations, Ottoman-Malay world, history of Aceh, sociology of religion, secularization-modernization, social history, colonialization, vernacular press during colonial time, missionary activities, history of Malay world (Nusantara).