Islam in the Contemporary World: The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice
November 12-13, 2005, Herring Hall HE 100, Rice University, Houston, TX
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Islam in the Contemporary World: The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice
November 12-13, 2005
Herring Hall, Robert R. (HE) 100
Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005

  November 12
November 13
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I Session IV
10:45 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session II Session V
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session III Session VI
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Tour Coffee Break
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Session VII
5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Session VIII
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Reception
Program Details
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Reception - hotel
Session I - Dialogue and the Gülen Movement
Session Chair: Dale F. Eickelman
Opening Remarks
9:10 - 10:40
Dialogue: Greek foundations and the thought of Fethullah Gülen and Jürgen Habermas, D. C. De Bolt.
Tolerance and dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s writings, Y. Yildirim & M. Maxwell.
General Discussion
Discussant: Y. A. Aslandogan
10:40 - 11:00
Session II - Education
Session Chair: Y. Alp Aslandogan
11:00 - 12:30
The philosophy of Islamic education: Classical views and Fethullah Gülen’s perspectives, A. Afsaruddin.
Fethullah Gülen: A vision of transcendent education, C. Nelson.
General Discussion
Discussant: D. F. Eickelman
12:45 - 1:45
Session III - Public Space and Globalization
Session Chair: Bekim Agai
2:00 - 3:30
A Movement of Volunteers , S. A. Tekalan.
The women’s side of the coin: The Gülen movement in America, a new Turkish-American community taking root, M. Curtis.
Religions, globalization and dialogue in the 21st century. Fethullah Gülen and Arnold J. Toynbee, P. Weller.
General Discussion
Discussant: E. Shehabuddin
3:45 - 6:00
6:30 - 9:00
Session IV - Social Contexts of Sufism
Session Chair: Muhammed Cetin
9:00 - 10:30
The impact of sufism in Fethullah Gülen’s thought and action, M. E. Kilic.
Fethullah Gülen: An intellectual and religious profile, A. Bulac.
Fethullah Gülen’s neo-sufism: An inventional analysis, M. J. Fontenot.
Gülen and sufism: A contemporary manifestation of sufism, H. C. Kim.
General Discussion
Discussant: T. Michel
10:30 - 11:00
Session V - Islam and Democracy
Session Chair: Dogan Koc
11:00 - 12:30
From Whitman to Gülen: Visions of the future of evolving democracy, L. Sykiainen & Y. A. Aslandogan.
Progressive Islamic thought, civil society and the Gülen movement in the national context: Parallels with Indonesia, G. Barton.
An absent influence? The Gülen movement in Turkish-Islam and its influence on global education and inter-religious dialogue, I. G. Williams.
General Discussion
Discussant: B. Agai
12:45 - 1:45
Session VI - Media, Dialogue, and Community
Session Chair: Yetkin Yildirim
2:00 - 3:30
New media figure and instruments of religious authority in Turkey, Y. Aktay.
Gülen and Sufism, M. Gokcek.
Interfaith dialogue in the context of new theological language and Fethullah Gülen, A. Aslan.
General Discussion
Discussant: L. Mitchell
3:30 - 4:00
Session VII - Religion and Public Life in Turkey (Round table)
Session Chair:
4:00 - 5:15
Turkish Guest-1
Turkish Guest-2
Turkish Guest-3
Turkish Guest-4
Session VIII - Conference Closing Remarks
Session Chair: Muhammed Cetin
5:15 - 5:45
Conference Summary on what is learned from the Gülen movement, D. F. Eickelman
Closing statements
  The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University  
  A. D. Bruce Religion Center at University of Houston  
  The Institute of Interfaith Dialog