The Fifth International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World:
The Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice

March 6-7, 2009, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Fethullah Gulen Conference - The Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice

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The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Texas; Atlas Foundation; Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU; Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, College of Arts and Humanities at SUBR; and Department of Communication at SELU are sponsoring a conference at on the activities of the Gülen movement (Fethullah Gulen Movement) and its contributions to interfaith dialogue, tolerance, and education.

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.

Fethullah Gulen Conference Latest News
  • We are now only few days away from the conference and the preparations are underway to experience an informative and educating conference.
  • Conference program is posted along with accepted speakers.
  • All sessions will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Registration and reception will take place on Friday, March 6, 2009.
  • Those authors who have special requests(i.e. powerpoint use during the presentation) should inform the coordinator about their plans.
  • US Senator, Honorable Mary Landrieu has agreed and is expected to give a speech on March 6, 2009.
  • It is also important to make arrangements for your air and hotel reservations. More information about the hotel reservation can be found here.
  • If you are only attending the conference from out of state, and flying in Baton Rouge, please send an e-mail showing your flight times for a possible arrangement of pick-up.

Fethullah Gulen Conference Themes
The conference topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
  • Education in contemporary societies
  • Reconciliation of science and religion
  • Sufism and Islamic mysticism
  • Interfaith and intercultural dialogue, tolerance and peace
  • Understanding of the historical dynamics and references of coexistence, multiculturalism and the Ottoman example
  • The resolution of social, ethnic, and religious conflict in the modern world, and democracy
  • Countering terror, radicalism and violence
  • Interpretation of Qur’an and its relationship to science, reason, faith, and religion
  • Inculcating faith by teaching (tabligh) and by example (tamsil)
  • Muslim integration in the West
  • The changing role of women in society and in public life
  • Eradicating poverty, and charity organizations
  • Faith based social movements and mass communication
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