Monday, July 22, 2013

Intellectual Dimension of the Gulen Movement - Pim Valkenberg

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 25 secs)

Pim Valkenberg presents his analysis on whether a difference exists between esoteric and exoteric forms of discourse that the Gulen Movement communicates. His analysis intends to bring facts-that the movement is addressing to diverse communities and profiles and the discourse is necessarily modified -to light in an answer to the claim that the movement has a double agenda.

The one-day international conference reflects different dimensions of the Gülen Movement, which originated in Turkey and then expanded throughout the world. International experts discuss the movement from the following viewpoints: theological, intellectual, financial, structural, political, gender, and sociocultural. This multidimensional approach provides 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 messages and praxis are discussed and reflected on, and its organization and accomplishments, including its resonance thoroughly analyzed. By focusing on its seven dimensions, this interdisciplinary conference contributes to a comprehensive view of one of the most widely discussed societal programs in the contemporary world.

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