Mapping the Gülen Movement - A Multidimensional Approach

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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

Book Signings
During the conference and the dinner reception, some of the speakers signed their new books on the Gülen Movement:

* Prof Dr Helen Rose Ebaugh (The Gülen Movement. A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam)
* Prof Dr Dogu Ergil (100 soruda Fethullah Gülen ve Hareketi)
* Dr Ihsan Yilmaz (Islam and Peacebuilding. Gülen Movement Initiatives)
* Dr Pim Valkenberg (Fethullah Gülen & de Vrijwilligersbeweging)
* Dr Gürkan Çelik (The Gülen Movement: Building Social Cohesion through Dialogue and Education)
* Dr Muhammed Çetin (The Gülen Movement. Civic Service without Borders)

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  • Practical information

    • 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
    • Partners:

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      After the introductory speech of Dr. Kate Kirk, Prof. Dr. Martien Brinkman, director of VISOR Institute, delivered the welcome speech at the international conference, Mapping the Gülen Movement, which took place at the Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, on October 7, 2010.


      The keynote speech of Prof. Dr. Dogu Ergil at the international conference, Mapping the Gülen Movement, which took place at the Felix Meritis in Amsterdam on October 7, 2010.


      Dr. Pim Valkenberg, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Thomas Michel, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Prof. Dr. Johan Leman, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Discussions at the international conference Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Prof. Dr. Martin van Bruinessen, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. Prof. Dr. Martin van Bruinessen, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. (Part-1). The presentation of Prof. Martin van Bruinessen comprises two parts. In part one, he talks about the Muslim Brotherhood. In part two, he continues to characterize the Muslim Brotherhood, with which he compares the Gülen Movement.


      Prof. Dr. Martin van Bruinessen, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. Prof. Dr. Martin van Bruinessen, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. (Part-2).


      Prof. Dr. Helen Rose Ebaugh, Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Dr. Muhammed Çetin - Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Dr. Maria Curtis - Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Closing speech of Prof. Dr. Paul Weller - Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. (Part-1)


      Closing speech of Prof. Dr. Paul Weller - Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010. (Part-2)


      Dr. Karen Fontenot at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement in Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Dr. Marlies ter Borg at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement, Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Dimitri Kitsikis at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement in Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Prof. Dr. Emilio Platti at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement in Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Mohamed Sini at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement in Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Nevval Sevindi at the Dinner Reception of Mapping the Gülen Movement in Amsterdam, October 7, 2010.


      Interview with Prof. Dr. Helen Rose Ebaugh over the Gülen Movement


      Interview met prof. dr. Martien Brinkman over de Gülenbeweging


      Dr. Gerrit Steunebrink ile Gülen Hareketi hakkinda röportaj


      Interview met Leen La Riviere over de Gülenbeweging


      Interview met prof. dr. Martin van Bruinessen over de Gülenbeweging


      Interview with Thomas Michel over the Gülen Movement


      Interview met dr. Pim Valkenberg over Gülenbeweging


      Interview met Anton Wessels over Gülenbeweging


      Interview met prof. dr. Johan Leman over Gülenbeweging



      In recent years, Fethullah Gülen and his movement have attracted academic attention:


      • In July 2010, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate of education by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to education, peace making and intercultural dialogue.
      • In 2008, he has been voted the world's top living public intellectual of the year in an internet poll organized by the magazines Prospect and Foreign Policy.
      • In 2007 and 2009, respectively the Australian Catholic University and the Syarif Hidayetullah Islam University in Indonesia established a Fethullah Gülen Chair.
      • Moreover, in a number of countries academic conferences have been convened about the movement and its contributions to the global peace.


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      Deze eendaagse conferentie reflecteert op diverse dimensies van de Gülenbeweging, die ontstond in Turkije en zich daarna verspreidde over de wereld. Internationale experts zullen de beweging belichten vanuit de volgende invalshoeken: theologisch, intellectueel, financieel, structureel, politiek, gender en sociaal-cultureel. De multidimensionale aanpak zal bruikbare inzichten verschaffen in deze transnationale beweging. De Gülenbeweging, ook wel Vrijwilligersbeweging genoemd, heeft haar oorsprong in de leer van de moslimdenker M. Fethullah Gülen. Niet alleen de boodschap en praktijk van de beweging worden bediscussieerd en geëvalueerd, maar ook de organisatie en haar resultaten zullen gronding geanalyseerd worden. Door te focussen op zeven dimensies zal deze interdisciplinaire conferentie bijdragen aan een omvattende synthese van een van de meest breed besproken sociale bewegingen in de moderne wereld. Tijdens de conferentie vindt tevens een tweetal signeersessies plaats door (co)auteurs van recent verschenen boeken over de Gülenbeweging.

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