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Preventing Violence and Achieving World Peace

The Contributions of the Gülen Movement

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Edited By Ori Z. Soltes and Margaret A. Johnson

How can we address the seemingly endless conflicts in the world, particularly those arising from misunderstandings of Islam by both Muslims and non-Muslims? Preventing Violence and Achieving World Peace: The Contributions of the Gülen Movement presents the essays of eight scholars who consider the diverse ways in which the Gülen Movement or hizmet («service to others») – inspired by contemporary Turkish social philosopher Fetullah Gülen – has worked to answer this question. Drawing from various intellectual and theological sources, particularly Sufism, these essays indicate multiple instances of positive interfaith and/or multicultural dialogue. In addition, they consider how the writings of Gülen and the works of the Gülen Movement, through an extensive program of education and communication, have contributed significantly to efforts that oppose violence and shape universal peace.

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Acknowledgments he editors extend our gratitude to the organizers of the conference who set this discussion in motion: the Rumi Forum Maryland; and the Rumi Club, Department of Anthropology, and Graduate Student Government at the University of Maryland, College Park. We are also grateful to Ambassador Akbar Ahmed for his carefully thought-out and elegantly articulated foreword, which offers such a superb and concise summary of the principles that we ultimately need to uphold, not only in conferences and books but in our everyday lives of action and reaction to those around us. Through the sort of thoughtful hizmet that Fethullah Gülen has inspired and that the essayists throughout this work have addressed, the world can be a better place for ourselves and for those who will come after us. T

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