|Leonid R. Sykiainen, Ph.D.|
Prof. Dr. Leonid R. Sykiainen, a professor of Islamic law and comparative legal studies as the State University–Higher School of Economics in Moscow, was interviewed at the opening reception:
"This conference is not the first one, and I hope it will not be the last one, concerning the Fethullah Gulen Movement and his ideas, thoughts and teachings. In nowadays' world, it is very important to promote the principles of dialogue, tolerance and education; it is a must for nowadays' world.
Fethullah Gulen is really a famous Muslim thinker who promotes such ideals, and gives us his ideas on how to develop education in contemporary world. It is very important not only to pay our attention to political events or political movements, but to educational efforts. And from this very point, it is very important to discuss this key thought of Fethullah Gulen.
Compared with politics, maybe education is playing a more increasing role in today's world. The first problem of nowadays' world is not economics or politics but education, spiritual development of human beings. So, I hope this conference will be a real success, and it is a great privilege for me to take part in this event to present my paper among the papers of my colleagues from different countries.
I am sure that this conference will be a real success, and will affect and will have its impact on upon further development of Fethullah Gulen's ideas and thoughts and everybody who shares [them]."