From Dialogue to Collaboration The Vision of Fethullah Gülen and Muslim-Christian Relations

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Philipp Bruckmayr

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Conferences focusing on the thought of Fethullah Gülen, especially the activities
of the faith-based movement inspired by it, can nowadays be considered
common events. Indeed, by now the organization of such academic conferences
can rightfully be regarded as yet another regular field of activity of the
movement, besides its major and relentless endeavors in interreligious dialogue,
secular education, welfare, and the media. Whereas the major events
of the last two years took place in Europe and the United States (London and
Rotterdam, 2007; Washington DC, 2008; and Potsdam, 2009), the Australian
Catholic University, the Australian Intercultural Society, and Monash University
put Australia back on the map with this conference. Convened during 15-
16 July 2009 at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, it was also
meant to celebrate last year’s establishment of the university’s Fethullah
Gülen Chair for Islamic Studies, held by Prof. Ismail Albayrak ...

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