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Islam and Peacebuilding: Gulen Movement’s Initiatives

by John Esposito

Islam and Peacebuilding: Gulen Movement’s Initiatives

: Jun 16, 2010 • 186 Pages • 15 X 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295075
: Interfaith Dialogue, Backlist, Fethullah Gulen,
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Edited by John Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz, this book explores the contributions of the Gulen movement in the area of interfaith dialogue. Contributing scholars take on the examples of interfaith or intercultural dialogue projects of the Gulen movement throughout the world and analyze their potential impact as well as the reasoning and philopshy behind. Overall, the book alters perceptions on the issue of common understanding and dialogue between Islam and the rest of the world.

John Esposito is Al Waleed bin Talal Professor at the Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Georgetown University. He has authored numerous books and articles on Islam. Ihsan Yilmaz is an associate professor of political science at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Part 1 
Introduction: Islam and Peacebuilding: Gülen Movement 
Initiatives / John L. Esposito and İhsan Yılmaz3
Chapter 1: Gülen’s Ideas on Freedom of Thought, Pluralism, Secularism, State, Politics, Civil Society and Democracy / 
John L. Esposito and İhsan Yılmaz25
Chapter 2: Islamic Resources for Peacebuilding: Achievements 
and Challenges / Mohammed Abu-Nimer and İhsan Yılmaz39
Part 2 
Globalization and Gülen as Border Transgressor 
Chapter 3: Border Thinking: Fethullah Gülen and 
the East–West Divide / Klas Grinell65
Chapter 4: The Limits of Otherness in Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Methodology for Interfaith Encounters / Irina Vainovski-Mihai85
Chapter 5: Dialogue as a Source of Peaceful Coexistence / 
Karina Korostelina103
Chapter 6: Gülen on Healing the Rift between Islam 
and the West / Richard Penaskovic123
Part 3 
Theology of Dialogue in Comparative Perspective 
Chapter 7: Preachers of Dialogue: International Relations and Interfaith Theology / Turan Kayaoglu147
Chapter 8: Fethullah Gülen’s Theology of 
Peacebuilding / Zeki Sarıtoprak169
Chapter 9: Islamic Prospects for Interreligious Dialogue: 
The Voice of Fethullah Gülen / Douglas Pratt189
Chapter 10: Tolerance in the Theology and Thought of 
A.J. Conyers and Fethullah Gülen / David B. Capes207
Part 4 
Peacebuilding in Global Action 
Chapter 11: Phnom Penh’s Fethullah Gülen School as an 
Alternative to Prevalent Forms of Education for Cambodia’s 
Muslim Minority / Philipp Bruckmayr225
Chapter 12: Investigating the Contribution of Fethullah Gülen through the Activities of a Gülen-inspired Religio-cultural 
Society Based in Ireland / Jonathan Lacey249
Chapter 13: Building Civil Society in Ethno-religiously 
Fractured Communities: The Gülen Movement in Turkey 
and Abroad / Mehmet Kalyoncu273
Chapter 14: Towards a Middle Way: Islam in Southeast Asia 
and the Contributions of the Gülen Movement / 
Mohamed Nawab bin Mohamed Osman291
Chapter 15: The Role of Turkish Schools in Building Trusting Cross-ethnic Relationships in Northern Iraq / Harun Akyol311
Conclusion / John L. Esposito and İhsan Yılmaz343

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John Esposito
John Esposito

University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other
agencies, European and Asian governments and corporations, universities, and the media worldwide. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American
Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Vice Chair of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, he is a member
of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalization and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Esposito was the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s
2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies, and the School of Foreign Service,
Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching. Esposito is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic
World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.), and Oxford Islamic Studies Online. His more than 40 books and monographs
include: The Future of Islam; Who Speaks for Islam?; What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed); Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam; The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?;
Islam and Politics; What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam; World Religions Today; Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis); Asian Islam in the 21st Century; Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk (with S. Hitchcock); Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat); Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?; Religion and Global Order (with M. Watson); Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi); Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani); Islam, Gender, and Social Change, Muslims on the Americanization Path; Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad); and Women in Muslim Family Law. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 30 languages.