Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BBC: Turkish Twitter war over education

(Video Duration: 2 mins)
Plans to abolish "prep schools" in Turkey have sparked a huge feud between two of the country's most powerful forces on the micro-blogging website Twitter.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fethullah Gulen's strategic defamation

(Video Duration: 3 mins 4 secs)

In his presentation based on his paper and book entitled "Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gulen: Turkish vs English" which argues the defamation efforts happen in a campaign manner not randomly, Dogan Koc of Cairo University analyzes references of the articles and books which offer totally contradicting pictures of Gulen based on the based sources.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

The Concept of Ikhlas in the Gulen Movement - Fr. Thomas Michel

(Video Duration: 6  mins. 12 secs)

In his two-part presentation, Georgetown University professor Thomas Michel focuses, first, on Fethullah Gulen’s use of the Qur’an and the hadith, which he asserts what Gulen elaborates on as foundations of his belief and acts as opposed to those claiming he is innovating new ideas. In the second part, he moves on to “Gulen with regard to Sufism”, the school that Gulen both distinguishes himself from and has a lot in common with.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Leo Lefebure on Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement

(Video Duration: 4 mins 10 secs)

Prof. Leo Lefebure of Georgetown University shared his views of the Gulen Movement, in the light of his experiences with the movement’s participants in multiple countries, namely Australia, India and Turkey. Among all, one aspect of the movement he has been particularly impressed with is its emphasis on high quality education along with  efforts to make it available to those who, otherwise, wouldn’t be able to afford it. Second was the generosity of Hizmet (Gulen Movement) participants, which Lefebure has witnessed in person.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gulen Movement in its Private and Public Domain - Prof. Martin van Bruinessen

(Video Duration: 4 mins 56 secs)

The presentation of Prof. Martin van Bruinessen from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, comprises two parts: In part one, he characterizes Muslim Brotherhood as a faith-based movement. In part two, he attempts to compare and contrast Muslim Brotherhood with the Gülen Movement and offers their similarities and dissimilarities (if applicable).
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quality of Gulen Movement Schools - Ruth Woodhall

(Video Duration: 4 mins 20 secs)

“This study is based on my own experience of working within the movement in a number of different locations and roles over a period of almost eight years, I offer for consideration the view that it is only the remarkable harmony between Gülen’s philosophy of education and the cultural practice of his followers which can explain adequately the continuing growth and success of the movement. It is my contention that Gülen is the unusual individual who is able to work with multiple paradigms simultaneously and this is one of the reasons that he has such extraordinary influence and leadership capacity.”
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Gulen Movement: A Movement of Volunteers - S. A. Tekalan

(Video Duration: 3 mins 49 secs)

“The volunteers involved in this movement conduct activities geared toward promoting dialogue that bring all social sections closer together, with a particular emphasis on education; today such activities are extensively organized in various parts of the world. To this end, educational institutions have been established world-wide, offering new opportunities for different nations, with no political motives whatsoever being involved. This movement rejects the idea of the clash of civilizations, and aims to live in a peaceful world; departing from the principle of simply accepting everyone as they are, national and international meetings have been organized to discuss the issues and problems that present, or likely to present obstacles to an atmosphere of peaceful cohabitation and coexistence from developing.”
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Love of the Prophet in Fethullah Gulen's sufism

(Video Duration: 1 min 12 secs)

Zeki Saritoprak of John Carroll University presents his paper which focuses on love of Prophet in Fethullah Gulen’s life, thought, and mysticism through an academic approach. After discussing briefly major predecessors of Gulen in this regard from early periods, Saritoprak examine Gulen’s own writings including his description of the “Infinite Light”, Prophet Muhammad.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rumi Forum 2013 Peace and Dialogue Awards

(Video Duration: 2 min 24 secs)

Mevlana Rumi, one of the most renowned poets of our time, created heart-touching and timeless poetry. In honor of his legacy, is the 2013 Rumi Peace and Dialogue at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More than 160 people attended the dinner and awards ceremony.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

David Newton of Middle East Institute speaks on Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement

(Video Duration: 1 min 45 secs)

Former United States Ambassador to Iraq and Yemen, David Newton of Middle East Institute, speaks on Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement. With a particular focus on his experiences during his post in the Arab region, Newton points to the need for a modern interpretation of Islam, which can be addressed by the initiatives of the Gulen Movement that are well underway in the region and worldwide. Newton is in the hope that the region can benefit the ideas of Fethullah Gulen which encourage service in the name of education, modernism and science, for good.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fethullah Gulen's message to IDC Awards Ceremony 2010

(Video Duration: 5 min 7 secs)

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Executive Director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, Pat Brannigan, reads the message by Fethullah Gulen at IDC 2010 Awards Dinner and Ceremony.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Hizmet (Gulen) Movement contributes to world peace

(Video Duration: 2 min 29 secs)

Following the international Hizmet Symposium in Washington D.C., Rumi Forum held its second day of the conference with academics from more than twenty countries.
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