The so-called “Muslim World” is undergoing change and transition both politically and sociologically. This conference aims to explore the Gulen movement’s past, present and potential-future influence on this transition. The Movement’s projects regarding North-South divide, East-West relations and development of a fully human society in Europe are of particular interest for the purposes of this conference. Gulen’s re-reading and re-understanding of religious text will also be explored within the context of renewal and re-interpretation in Islam.
Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar and peace activist from Turkey. He has influenced a whole generation of Muslims in Turkey and abroad to undertake charitable works and projects. They now constitute one of the most dynamic and influential Muslim-faith-based-movements of the 21st century. Their aim is to raise moral and religious consciousness by founding non-denominational schools and universities and to work towards interfaith dialogue.
We invite papers that may address but are not limited to the themes given below. Abstracts, outlining the main points of the proposed papers (max. 300 words), should be submitted by 30th March 2007 along with a CV.
If selected for the conference, presenters will be asked to submit a paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words by 31st July 2007 for inclusion at the conference. Those selected will be expected to deliver a 15-minute presentation at the conference. In addition, all selected-papers will be published on-line on the conference website and some selected papers will be compiled to publish a hardback book.
Accommodation will be provided for presenters and travel expenses, including international flights, will be subsidised subject to prior agreement.
Those interested in submitting papers can request a free Reference CD from us that includes academic papers, articles and theses on Gulen and the Movement in PDF and searchable format, complete with full references, quotable page numbers and other details. This CD also includes a complete list of Gulen’s books and articles.
Please direct any enquiries, and send any submissions, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please visit: www.GulenConference.org.uk.
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