Academic Papers2021-01-18T20:49:38+00:00

Fethullah Gülen: Inspirer of Multi-disciplinary Studies

“The work of Gülen’s followers in Turkey shows that Islam—as taught by Gülen—seeks tolerance, not conflict; it aims for a better society, not political power; and it manifests itself in prayer and concrete local action.” “As early as the eighteenth century, Goethe knew that the East and the West [...]

The Contribution of Interfaith Dialogue to Peace Building

To further its pursuits of interreligious dialogue, the Gulen movement has created the Intercultural Dialogue Platform as a project of the movement’s Istanbul-based Writers and Journalists Foundation. The IDP has been particularly active in sponsoring and organizing “Abrahamic” dialogues with high-ranking representatives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Gülen [...]

The Gülen Movement: Its Contribution at a Time of Global Tensions

My topic for this evening is the spiritual and educational movement associated with the name of Fethullah Gülen and the contribution that the members of Gulen movement are making to Muslim-Christian harmony in the midst of today’s tense and sometimes violent climate. I know that many of you are [...]

Two Frontrunners for Peace

Of those religious thinkers of modern times who have attempted to study the concept of peace to explore what is involved in establishing and maintaining peace, I want to compare the thought of two persons who have made a remarkable contribution to the topic. One is a Christian, Pope [...]

Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footsteps of Rumi

One of the modern Muslims who have appropriated Rumi’s attitudes and integrated them into their own understanding of Islamic faith and practice is the Turkish scholar and religious leader, Muhammad Fethullah Gülen. The correspondence of Mevlana to Gülen is that of kindred spirits who, across the centuries, share an [...]

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