Third Annual Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World:
The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice

November 3, 2007, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
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Fethullah Gulen Conference - The Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice

Fethullah Gulen
The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Texas; Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science & Geography, Increment and Community Engagement at UTSA; St. Mary University; University of the Incarnate Word Liturgical Outreach are sponsoring a conference at on the activities of Fethullah Gülen and their contributions to interfaith dialogue, tolerance, and education.

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.
  Program At-A-Glance  
  November 3
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session I
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Coffee Break
10:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Session II
12:25 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Luncheon
1:25 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Session III
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Coffee Break
3:20 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Session IV
Program Details
SATURDAY, November 3, 2007
  Session I: Women & Education
Session Chair and Discussant:
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks
8:45 - 10:30 Turkish Women and Headscarves: A Lesson in Tolerance: J. Kimmel, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
"Second Rabia's"  Women's Gratitude, Compassion, and Altruism: Sister M. A. Kirk, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
Fethullah Gülen: A Vision of Transcendent Education: C. Nelson, Kean University, NJ
Gulen Movement and School Financing: V. Uysal, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
10:30 - 10:40 COFFEE BREAK
  Session II: Dialogue
Session Chair and Discussant:
10:40 - 12:25 Interfaith Dialog for Muslims and Catholic Christians: V. G. Burnett, & Y. Yildirim, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Inter-religious Dialogue with the Fethullah Gülen Movement: J. B. Ball, St Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
Giants of Light: Fethullah Gulen and Meister Eckhart in Dialogue: J. J. Rogers, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Fethullah Gülen and Interfaith/cultural Dialog: The Lubbock Christian University Experience: J. D. Long, Lubbock, TX
12:25 - 1:25 Luncheon
  Session III: Political
Session Chair and Discussant:
1:25 - 3:10 A Contemporary Solution to "New Terrorism": H. T. Arslan, Sam Houston State University, TX
Civil Society as a Potential Remedy for Conflict: The Kurdish Issue and The View of Fethullah Gulen: R. Shaykhutdinov, Florida Atlantic University, FL
Understanding the Hizmet Discourse of the Gulen Movement: M. Kalyoncu,  Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Present and Potential Impact of the Spiritual Tradition of Islam on Contemporary Muslims: From Ghazali to Gülen: A. Aslandogan, The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, TX
3:10 - 3:20 COFFEE BREAK
  Session IV: Tolerance
Session Chair and Discussant:
3:20 - 5:05 Tolerance in The Theology and Thought of A. J. Convers and Fethullah Gulen: D. Capes, & P. Luu, Houston Baptist University, TX
The Noahide Laws and Tolerance: A. C. Epstein, MD, Lubbock, TX
The Virtue of Tolerance: An Aristotelian Approach: H. J. Curzer, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Spiraling Upward, Toward the Center: G. M. Rieke, Kansas

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