Date: Thursday 7 October 2010
Organizers: Dialoog Academie and VISOR, VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society
Conference Venue: Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
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This one-day international conference reflects different dimensions of the Gülen Movement, which originated in Turkey and then expanded throughout the world. International experts will discuss the movement from the following viewpoints: theological, intellectual, financial, structural, political, gender, and sociocultural. This multidimensional approach will provide useful pointers about this transnational movement. The Gülen Movement, also called the Volunteers Movement, is rooted in the teachings of Muslim scholar M. Fethullah Gülen. The movement’s message and praxis will be discussed and evaluated, and its organization and accomplishments, including its resonance, will be thoroughly analyzed. By focusing on its seven dimensions, this interdisciplinary conference will contribute to a comprehensive view of one of the most widely discussed societal programs in the contemporary world.

Conference program Morning (9:00-12:30)
Moderator – Prof Dr Thijl Sunier, VU University Amsterdam

  • Keynote speech – Prof Dr Dogu Ergil, Ankara University, Turkey
  • Intellectual Dimension – Dr Pim Valkenberg, Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Theological Dimension – Prof Dr Thomas Michel, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Socialcultural Dimension – Prof Dr Johan Leman, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Discussion

Moderator – Prof Dr Gerard Wiegers, University of Amsterdam

  • Afternoon Speech – Prof Dr Martin van Bruinessen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Financial Dimension – Prof Dr Helen Rose Ebaugh, University of Houston, Texas
  • Structural Dimension – Dr Muhammed Çetin, East Stroudsburg University, PA
  • Political Dimension – Dr Ihsan Yilmaz, and Dr Sammas Salur, Fatih University, Turkey
  • Gender Dimension – Prof Dr Maria Curtis, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas
  • Discussion
  • Closing Speech – Prof Dr Paul Weller, University of Derby, United Kingdom
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