The Art of Coexistence: Pioneering Role of Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet Movement

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  • Copyright: 2015-04-07
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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The global threat of war, terrorism, the increased gap between poor and rich, famine, malnutrition, global warming and pollution, and many other social and cultural problems, pose a real challenge for present citizens of the globe. Intellectuals and politicians take these challenges as their primary concerns. Despite the existence of some pessimists, there are a number of initiatives working for the common good and expending great effort to solve these problems. The Hizmet (Gulen) Movement is one of the most influential initiatives that should be taken into consideration in this context. Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Muslim scholar whose ideas have inspired and influenced many Turkish intellectuals, educators, students, businessmen, politicians and journalists inside and outside Turkey to establish schools, educational and intercultural centers, and humanitarian aid organizations in more than one hundred fifty countries. Yucel and Albayrak cover the Hizmet Movement under the leadership of Fethullah Gulen from various perspectives in order to shed lights on current discussions.

Author Biography

Salih Yucel is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Religious Studies at Monash University, Australia. He is also a consultant to Australian Intercultural Society and working on research about how dialogue can be promoted between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Ismail Albayrak is a professor of Qur'anic studies at the Australian Catholic University. He taught and wrote on Qur'anic studies, classical exegesis, contemporary approaches to the Qur'an, interfaith dialogue and orientalism. He has research interests in the place of Muslim communities and their activities in a globalizing world. In November 2008, he was appointed to Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at Australian Catholic University.

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