Rice University, Houston, TX- 2005


Rice UniversityOrganizers: The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University, the A. D. Bruce Religion Center University of Houston and the The Institute of Interfaith Dialog.

Place: Rice University, Houston, TX

Date: November 12-13, 2005

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 Philosophy of Islamic Education: Classical Views and M. Fethullah Gulen’s Perspectives

Discursive and Organizational Strategies of the Gülen Movement

Fethullah Gülen: A Vision of Transcendent Education

Dialogue: Greek foundations and the thought of Fethullah Gülen and Jürgen Habermas

Progressive Islamic thought, civil society and the Gulen movement in the national context- parallels with Indonesia

An Absent Influence? The Fetullah Gulen Movements in Turkish Islam and their potential influence upon European Islam and global education

Tolerance Is Love: Gülen, Ghazali, and Rūmī

Defending Religious Diversity and Tolerance in America Today: Lessons from Fethullah Gülen

Mobilization and Countermobilization: The Gülen Movement in Turkey

The Women’s Side of the Coin: The Gulen Movement in America, a New Turkish American Community Taking Root

Gülen and Sufism

Understandings of “Community” within the Gülen Movement

Fethullah Gülen’s Contribution to Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Context of Abrahamic Cooperation

Religions, Globalisation and Dialogue in the 21st Century, Fethullah Gülen and Arnold J. Toynbee- A Comparative Conversation with Contemporary Realities

Organizing the organization, educating the educators: An examination of Fethullah Gülen’s teaching and the membership of the movement

A Movement of Volunteers



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