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So That Others May Live: A Fethullah Gulen Reader

by Erkan M. Kurt

Presenting a definitive compilation of Gulen’s characteristic essays, this book is a guide to the ethical impetuses of the global social movement Gulen inspired

: Sep 16, 2013 • 215 Pages • 6 x 9 inch • ISBN 9781935295204
: 9781935295297
: Fethullah Gulen,
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Fethullah Gulen is undoubtedly one of the most influential Muslim thinkers of our time. His work and writings have inspired a transnational civic movement that advocates for education, promotes intercultural and interfaith understanding, and delivers humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Originated in Turkey, this “Hizmet” or “Gulen Movement” is active in more than one hundred countries across the globe. So That Others May Live offers a definitive compilation of Gulen’s characteristic essays. Some of them are available here in English for the first time. The rest have been carefully re-translated and edited, providing even familiar readers with new insight into Gulen’s most remarkable writings on faith, morality, education, civic service, and modern civilization.
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“VERDICT A good collection for those liking the blend of faith, ethics, and education or who follow contemporary Sufism or mystical religious traditions.”—Muhammed Hassanali, Shaker Heights, OH

Library Journal, 10/15/2013

“Kurt, adjunct professor of Islam at the University of Houston, assembles these forty essays of the Turkish philosopher Fethullah Gulen in this "reader" of Gulen's works. The essays, which are organized into six broad topic areas, are short in length and a good introduction to Gulen's philosophy, which has a worldwide following.” (Oct.)

Publishers Weekly, 09/23/2013

Fethullah Gulen is arguably the most important living Muslim thinker in the world and this collection is a superb introduction to his thought and work. Those looking for the so-called "moderate voice of Islam" need look no further.

Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

"A superb collection of Fethullah Gulen's most nuanced and influential writings, So That Others May Live inspires readers, regardless of class or creed, to embrace the very best of human nature: respectfulness, compassion, tolerance, and forgiveness. It beautifully conveys the humanitarian message of Gulen, in the tradition of the great poet Rumi and scholar Nursi, and will continue to instill the spirit of social activism and civic engagement for generations to come."

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies,
School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C.

This extraordinary collection is a concise and truthful window into the thought of Fethullah Gulen, one of the leading Muslim thinkers of our day. Gulen’s discourse is at once intensely spiritual and modern, emerging from deep within traditional Islamic religious thought and tradition while managing to be remarkably current and open-minded. These writings will confound all who come to them with preconceptions about religion and secularism, believers and skeptics, or tradition and modernity. After looking through this collection you will better understand why Mr. Gulen has managed to motivate millions of traditional Muslims to engage in progressive social causes that strive to make this world a better place for all humanity.

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

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Erkan M. Kurt
Erkan M. Kurt

Erkan M. Kurt is a researcher at the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and an adjunct professor of Islam at the University of Houston. He has a PhD in Islamic Theology from Marmara University and a Master's degree in Christian Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.