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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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Contributors DR. IMAD-AD-DEAN AHMAD graduated cum laude from Harvard and obtained a Ph. D. in astrophysics from the University of Arizona and is now president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic think tank, and as senior lecturer at the University of Maryland College Park he has taught undergraduate honors courses in “Islamic Science, Politics and Economics” and on “Religion, Science, and Freedom.” He is an internationally sought- after speaker on matters relating to liberty and Islam. He is author of Signs in the Heavens and co-author of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom. AMBASSADOR AKBAR AHMED, former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, is currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC; the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis; and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He has advised myriad US agencies and organizations on Islam and foreign policy and appears regularly on CNN, NPR, & BBC. THOMAS BLOCK is a writer whose first book, Shalom/Salaam: A Story of a Mystical Fraternity, was published in 2010. He has published articles and delivered papers on the subject of the Jewish-Muslim mystical relationship. Also a visual artist, he has shown his artwork in museums and galleries. Mr. Block was the founding producer of the first ever Amnesty International...

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