University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK- 2006

University of OklahomaOrganizers: Department of Religious Studies at University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, the The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Texas, and Petree College of Art and Sciences at Oklahoma City University.

Place: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Date: November 4-5, 2006

The conference aims to explore the appeal, meaning, and impact of Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement on Turkish, regional, and – increasingly – global societies. In the contemporary world, Muslim communities are undergoing radical social, economic, political and intellectual change. The underlying goal of this conference is to examine the issues facing the contemporary Muslim world in transition and the relations between Islam and the West. In particular, the conference explores the ideas of Fethullah Gülen – a Turkish Muslim scholar, author and education activist – and the impact of the civic projects initiated by participants in a social phenomenon called the Gülen movement. Originating in Turkey but becoming increasingly transnational, the Fethullah Gülen movement has a universal educational and interfaith agenda that aims to promote creative and positive relations between the Muslim world and the West, and to make a constructive contribution to the dialogue of civilizations, the reconciliation of science and religion, global education initiatives, democracy, and religious plurality.


The Second Path to God Revisited; the Reconciliation of Science and Religion in the Gulen Movement

Gülen’s Interpretation of Sufism

Methodist Christianity, Gulen’s Sufism, Perfection, Free Will, Tolerance, and Democracy

Secularism in America and Turkey and Fethullah Gulen’s Response 

Voluntary Altruistic Action- Its Symbolic Challenge against Sinecures of Vested Interests

Gulen in Dialogue- Fethullah Gulen’s Ideas in the Context of the Larger Humanities

Teaching Tolerance with Turkish Art- Lessons from Gülen and the Turkish Traditional Arts

A Comparison: The Wisdom of Fethullah Gulen and the Truth of Parker Palmer Enlightened Education as the Key to Global Transformation

The Urgency of Educational Reform in the United States of America- Lessons Learned from Fethullah Gülen

Fethullah Gűlen, Turkey and the European Union

The Gülen Movement and Turkish Integration in Germany

Blessed are the Peacemakers

The influence of Fethullah Gulen in the Australian Experience of Interfaith Dialogue

Religion- Hard or Soft Boiled: understanding sacred violence and martyrdom through the example and writings of Fethullah Gülen.” A Perspective from the UK and Europe.

Fethullah Gülen’s Use of Philosophical and Scriptural Resources for Tolerance

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