The Muslim world has been undergoing radical social, economic, political and intellectual change since its encounter with the West several centuries ago. The underlying aim of this conference is to examine the nature and depth of this change and the impact of faith-based movements, such as the Gulen movement, on the contemporary Muslim world and the relations between the West and Islam in general. As a leading religious movement in contemporary Turkey with a universal educational and interfaith agenda, the Gulen movement aims to promote creative and positive relations between the West and the Muslim world and articulate a constructive position on such issues as democracy, multiculturalism, globalization, and interfaith dialogue in the context of secular modernity.
The conference will also examine the theological and intellectual contributions of M. Fethullah Gulen, situate him in the context of modern Islam intellectual history, as articulated in modern Turkey, and discuss his own interpretations of the above central issues.
Date: 25, 26, 27 October 2007
Venue: House of Lords, LSE, SOAS
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