Dialogue

The Other, East & West and Fethullah Gülen as Border Transgressor

The Other, East & West and Fethullah Gülen as Border Transgressor

Gülen stresses that wherever a Muslim is, even outside a Muslim polity; he or she has to obey the law of the land, to respect others’ rights and to be just. He does not see the world not in terms of Muslims versus others. He also does not think that trying to revive the Caliphate is feasible.…

M. Fethullah Gülen: A Muslim Activist Who Practices Dialogue

M. Fethullah Gülen: A Muslim Activist Who Practices Dialogue

As a Christian involved in working with Muslims and other religious believers for peace through interreligious dialogue, I am grateful for the insights of Said Nursi and for the leadership in this field provided by Fethullah Gulen. …

Fethullah Gülen’s Approach to Eliminate the Identity Crisis among Muslims

Fethullah Gülen’s Approach to Eliminate the Identity Crisis among Muslims

Fethullah Gülen’s views are very progressive and can be used as a model to eliminate the identity crisis among Muslims in the West. His ideas of identity mean that identity is not merely given and the personal and collective identity should be recognized within the certain parameters. We are all as human beings shaped by social and historical context, therefore, a dynamic relationship with others, acknowledging responsibilities, and dialogue is the last step to reach to progressive and peaceful society.…

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

As Thomas Michel concludes in his paper entitled “Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footseps of Rumi” in this book, “(i)t is not an exaggeration to say that Gülen is a modern Muslim thinker and activist whose life work of promoting an Islamic appreciation of love, tolerance, and universal peace is in fact a renewed interpretation for our times of the central insights of Mevlana.”…

Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Sufism: a theological framework

Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Sufism: a theological framework

In Gülen’s thinking, tolerance is indispensable to Sufism. Above all, he has signified the tolerant nature of Sufism by the three principles of Sufism, as “overflowing with Divine Love and getting along with all other beings in the realization (originating from Divine Love) that the universe is a cradle of brotherhood”, “giving preference or precedence to the well-being and happiness of others” and “being open to love, spiritual yearning, delight and ecstasy.” Further, Gülen directly related this quality of tolerance to love in describing the Sufi knowledge of God.…

Fethullah Gülen’s Perspectives on Forgiveness

Fethullah Gülen’s Perspectives on Forgiveness

Given the increasing interest in forgiveness, students of forgiveness have studied its religious roots. Most of the Islamic theological writings that exist about forgiveness seem to center on imploring adherents to forgive but often do not provide an integrated and comprehensive process of how to put this into practice. In his numerous writings, speeches and sermons, however, Fethullah Gülen has advanced a coherent perspective on forgiveness situated in the larger context of mercy.…

Fethullah Gülen’s Use of Scriptural Resources for Tolerance

Fethullah Gülen’s Use of Scriptural Resources for Tolerance

… And while some have thought differently, most interpreters of the Gospels do not take it to be a universal rule that we should sell all we have and give to the poor. This is the significance of Gülen’s identification of the rule of tolerance as a ‘basic principle’ or a ‘universal principle’.…

Hizmet’s core teachings to undermine and negate extremism

Hizmet’s core teachings to undermine and negate extremism

Hizmet’s core teachings and the values and activism they underpin are diametrically opposed to and mutually exclusive with those associated with violent extremism; therefore the stronger one grows the weaker the other becomes. Accordingly, the goal of defeating extremism is made to ensue without being directly pursued, ensuring it avoids the pitfalls associated with being reactive, as discussed above.…

Hizmet: a Language and Culture of Compassion for and Service to Humanity

Hizmet: a Language and Culture of Compassion for and Service to Humanity

Fethullah Gülen envisages self-perfection as a means to revitalize compassionate acceptance of others, which is central to true humanism. It empowers spirituality against the carnal self (nafs) instead of shunning the material world. The compassionate acceptance of others, dialogue and a mutually supportive existence are central to discovering ‘true identity’. The two essential components, action and thought, are integrally linked to serving and guiding others…

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Principles of Dialogue in Fethullah Gülen’s Thought

Züleyha Keskin 1. Be sincere in dialogue “True understanding of the ‘other’ and thereby cementing trust and genuine appreciation of the ‘other’.” “Deeds are judged according to intentions” (Hadith) “One must be sincere in one’s intentions and seek the approval…

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