Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX- 2006

Southern Methodist University

Organizers: The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University; and the Office of the Chaplain at Southern Methodist University.

Place: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Date: March 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.


Women and Their Rights:Fethullah Gülen’s Gloss on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Her Eighteenth-Century “Embassy” to the Ottoman Empire

Leaving Footprints in Houston- Answers to Questions on Women and the Gülen Movement

Global Peaceful Social Innovation- The Case of Gulen Network

When Mevlana Comes About The Turkish Thinker’s Paradigms and Russian Sociocultural Peculiarities

Reading the World In Fethullah Gulen’s Educational Philosophy

THE CRY OF THE NIGHTINGALE” Fethullah Gulen – A Modern-Day Rumi

Fethullah Gulen’s Methodology of Interpreting Quran

Fethullah Gülen as a Servant Leader

Pedagogical Model of Gulen and Modern Theories of Learning

Global Islam and the Secular Modern World- Transnational Muslim Social Movements and the Movement of Fethullah Gülen, A Comparative Approach

Islam and Terror- From the Perspective of Fethullah GÜLEN