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A Muslim Sage Among Friends: Fethullah Gulen in Dialogue with Christians

by John D. Barton

A series of dialogues between Christian scholars and the ideas of Fethullah Gülen, one of modern Islam’s pre-eminent scholars.

: Jul 10, 2017 • 194 Pages • 6 x 9 inches • ISBN 9781682060186
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“The need for well-informed and nuanced dialogue between Christians and Muslims has never been more important.” So begins A Muslim Sage Among Peers, a series of dialogues between Christian scholars and the ideas of Fethullah Gülen, one of modern Islam’s pre-eminent scholars. Featuring essays by Christian thinkers – both Catholic and Protestant – like Thomas Michel and Paul Weller, the book is an effort to show that we are not living through “a clash of civilizations,” as some have forecast, but are instead blessed with the opportunity to build rich, multicultural societies. To combat violence and discord, scholars like Gulen believe that we must “know each other,” as the Quran commands.

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The nine essays within A Muslim Sage Among Peers focus on where Gülen’s ideas intersect with both contemporary and historical Christianity. Though the authors address differences in ideology, they are more concerned with similarities. It is their belief that humans agree far more than we disagree. In the interest of peacebuilding, all the authors echo Gülen’s belief that we should find areas of mutual engagement while respecting our differences.

At a time of great uncertainty and conflict, such peaceful exchanges of ideas are critical to fostering understanding and tolerance between different groups. Rich in theology, philosophy, and sociology, A Muslim Sage Among Peers is a profoundly important book at a critical historical juncture. In the tradition of Fethullah Gulen, the authors are not content just to diagnose illnesses; they’re actively seeking solutions to humanity’s problems through dialogue, peacebuilding, and mutual respect. 

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John D. Barton
John D. Barton

Professor John D. Barton is a visiting associate professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Also the Associate Director for the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University, Prof. Barton holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and a M.Div. in Theology from the Harding Graduate School of Religion. His academic interests include African and comparative philosophy, interfaith dialogue, and reconciliation studies.