Second International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World:
The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice
November 3-5, 2006, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
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Program At-A-Glance

Second International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World:
The Fethullah Gulen Movement In Thought and Practice
November 3-5, 2006
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

  November 4
November 5
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks  
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Session I Session V
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session II Session VI
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon w/ Keynote Speech Luncheon w/ Closing Remarks
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session III  
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Session IV
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Program Details
FRIDAY, November 3, 2006
6:30 - 9:00 DINNER
SATURDAY, November 4, 2006
  Session I
Session Chair and Discussant: T. Boyd
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks
8:45 - 10:15 The Second Path to God Revisited; the Reconciliation of Science and Religion in the Gulen Movement: K. Fontenot & M. Fontenot
Gülen's Interpretation of Sufism: D. Koc
Methodist Christianity, Gulen's Sufism, Perfection, Free Will, Tolerance, and Democracy: T. Dotts
10:15 - 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
  Session II
Session Chair and Discussant: S. Law
10:30 - 12:00 Secularism in America and Turkey and Fethullah Gulen's Response: T.Boyd
Voluntary Altruistic Action: Its Symbolic Challenge against Sinecures of Vested Interests: M. Cetin
Gulen in Dialogue: Fethullah Gulen's Ideas in the Context of the Larger Humanities: J. B. Carroll
12:00 - 2:00 Luncheon w/ Keynote Speech: Akbar Ahmed
  Session III
Session Chair and Discussant: G. Blackwell-Eagleson
2:00 - 3:30 Teaching Tolerance with Turkish Art: Lessons from Gülen and the Turkish Traditional Arts: T. Vaughan
The Wisdom of Fethullah Gulen and the Truth of Parker Palmer "Enlightened Education as the Key to Global Transformation": B. Boyd
The Urgency of Educational Reform in the United States of America: Lessons Learned from Fethullah Gülen: S. Santos
3:30 - 3:45 COFFEE BREAK
  Session IV
Session Chair and Discussant: A. Hertzke
3:45 - 5:15 Fethullah Gulen, Turkey and the European Union: P. Weller
Defamation as a Smoke Screen: A Case Study in Modern Turkey: A. Y. Aslandogan
The Gulen Movement and Turkish Integration in Germany: J. Irvine
  Breakout Sessions
7:30 - 9:00 State-church relations
Civilizational Dialog/Clash
Gender roles/rights
Democracy & Religion
Movement itself
Art & Human Relationships; Tolerance; Devotion
SUNDAY, November 5, 2006
  Session V
Session Chair and Discussant: G. Atkinson
8:45 - 10:15 Blessed are the Peacemakers: J. Cantrell
The Influence of Fethullah Gulen in the Australian Experience of Interfaith Dialogue: E. Celik
"Religion: Hard or Soft Boiled?: Understanding Sacred Violence and Martyrdom Through the Example and Writings of Fethullah Gülen." A Perspective from the UK and Europe: I. Williams
10:15 - 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
  Session VI
Session Chair and Discussant: J. Carroll
10:30 - 12:00 Fethullah Gülen and Classical Western Aretaic Theory: D. De Bolt
Fethullah Gülen's Use of Philosophical and Scriptural Resources for Tolerance: M. Webb
The Resolution of Social, Ethnic, and Religious Conflict in the Modern World, and Democracy: N. Bostanci
12:00 - 2:00 Luncheon w/ Closing Remarks: T. Boyd
  The University of Oklahoma  
  The Institute of Interfaith Dialog  
  Oklahoma City University