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The Gülen Community: a Dynamic Muslim Movement of Peace and Dialogue

The topic that I want to address today is the movement associated with the name of the modern Muslim scholar, Fethullah Gülen. I suspect that as recently as 10-15 years ago, most of us had never heard the name of Mr. Gülen nor of the predominantly group of young Muslims who make up that community. Yet today, the community has over 600 schools, so-called "Gulen Schools", including six universities, and operates in over 100 countries. In addition to their schools, they are the main inspiration behind dialogue institutes such as the Rumi Forum, a dialogue institute which has over 40 counterparts in the United States alone, as well as other throughout Western and Easter Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa. For example, in Rome, where I was living until recently, there is the Istituto Tevere, that is, the “Tiber Institute,” which has very similar programs to those you will find here at the Rumi Forum. The community inherited its commitment to interreligious dialogue and cooperation from the writings of Said Nursi, but this commitment has been renewed and given new impetus in the writings of Fethullah Gülen. In his speech in 1999 at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Capetown, Gülen presented an optimistic vision of interreligious harmony: “It is my conviction that in the future years, the new millennium will witness unprecedented religious blooming and the followers of world religions, such as Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and others, will walk hand-in-hand to build a promised bright future of the world.”

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Fethullah Gulen Awarded 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award

ikeda-ghandi-gulenMartin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College awarded its prestigious 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award to Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen in recognition of his life-long dedication to promoting peace and human rights. The chapel has been giving a community builders prize and a peace award since 2001. Past recipients of these awards include leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Andrew Young and Archbishop Desmund M. Tutu.

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International Festival of Language and Culture

FESTIVALJoin us for the International Festival of Language and Culture to celebrate the beautiful colors of the world with delightful performences on April 28.

 

 

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AFSV Statement on Chapel Hill Shootings

The Alliance for Shared Values strongly condemns the slaying of the three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It is heartbreaking to see the loss of young, innocent lives and to see the assault on peace and tolerance we so cherish in the U.S. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.

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Fethullah Gulen's Oped in New York Times: Turkey's Eroding Democracy

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Turkey’s current leaders seem to claim an absolute mandate by virtue of winning elections. But victory doesn’t grant them permission to ignore the Constitution or suppress dissent, especially when election victories are built on crony capitalism and media subservience.

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Fethullah Gulen's Interview with the German Newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung

 

Fethullah Gulen gave an interview to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in December 2014. See full interview here
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Rumi Forum Condemns the Attack on the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo

The Rumi Forum condemns, in the strongest terms, the heinous attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead and several others injured.

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Statement on Arrested Journalists in Turkey

The raids on Turkey’s top selling newspaper Zaman and prominent TV organization STV are profoundly disturbing to all of us who value democracy, tolerance and the role of a free press in safeguarding both.

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Fethullah Gulen Statement on ISIS

I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts.

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Honorary President

Fethullah Gulen Fethullah Gulen is regarded as the founder and inspirer of the global social movement known as the Hizmet (Service) Movement, more popularly known as the Gulen Movement.

 

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