Thursday, April 3, 2014

Religious Leaders Discuss Interfaith Dialogue After 9/11

(Video Duration: 3 min 46 secs)

Ten years after 9/11, community and religious leaders acknowledge that more needs to be done to promote understanding between different religious communities in the US. Speakers at the "Into the Light", multifaith conversation at Princeton University on Thursday included a Sikh American filmmaker, a Rabbi, an Imam and a Presbyterian minister.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hizmet Movement’s stance on the recent issues in Turkey

Video Duration (4 min. 52 secs.)

Mustafa Yesil
On Feb. 17, 2014, gathering in Istanbul at a meeting organized by Turkish Review and Hira magazines, Arab and Turkish intellectuals have discussed the role of the state in Muslim societies and agreed that Islamist politicians have lost their test with power, as they were transformed by the state instead of transforming the state.

Mustafa Yesil, President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, speaks on the Hizmet Movement’s stance on the recent issues in Turkey:
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Symposium on Islam's Role in Turkey

(Video Duration: 2 mins 4 secs)

A symposium on the Gulen Movement was held at Columbia University in New York. Organized by the Turkish Cultural Center and Institute of Turkish Studies, the event was dedicated to examining Islam's role in contemporary Turkey.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Annabel Hertz on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet Movement

(Video Duration: 3 min 15 secs) 

Annabel Hertz, the author of Seeing Green, shares her reflections on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet Movement. Herzt points to Gulen’s humility, as a role model, and his messages regarding openness,
tolerance and community that resonate beyond religious orientation and find a home among a wide ranging audience from diverse faiths. She further touches on Hizmet’s role in revitalizing education and enriching the state’s efforts for social services, cohesion and education.
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Salman Al-Ouda speaks on Hizmet Movement and Fethullah Gulen

(Video Duration: 2 min 57 secs)

Saudi scholar Salman al-Ouda reflects on his latest visit to Turkey during which he had the opportunity to explore the Hizmet Movement in its native country. Al-Ouda is very much impressed with Fethullah Gulen’s teachings and the Hizmet spirit that he believes to be what the Muslim world is in need of.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ihsanoglu at Rumi Forum's Congressional iftar dinner

(Video Duration: 2 min 5 secs)

The Washington DC-based Rumi Forum hosted its second annual Congressional Interfaith and Intercultural Ramadan Iftar Dinner on Capitol Hill in Washington. Guests included a total of 21 members of congress, congressional staffers, prominent scholars, clergy and members of the media.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Africa: Between Experience and Inspiration" by Abant Platform

(Video Duration: 1 min 5 secs)

At the three-day meeting of the Abant Platform to discuss Africa, participants from both Africa and Turkey agreed to intensify cooperation based on their mutual respect, goodwill and understanding.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

So that others may live

(Video Duration: 6 min 1 sec) 

“Human cannot do without being human. What makes one human live is another human. Only a person can raise another from where they fall and raise them then exalt them. If we do not try to think for humanity, if we do not try to laugh with them or suffer for them, how can we savor living? ...”
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dr. Soltes on his "Embracing the World" at Rumi Forum

(Video Duration: 15 min 55 secs)

 Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University speaks on his recent book, "Embracing the World: Fethullah Gulen's Thought and Its Relationship to Jalaluddin Rumi and Others."

There is a range of distinct connections that may be found between Rumi in his time and G├╝len in his time—our time. Fundamentally, the former one spoke and taught and wrote and while the latter speaks and teaches and writes of issues that reach beyond themselves, because they are not time-bound.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fethullah Gulen speaks about PKK

(Video Duration: 2 min 19 secs)

Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen broke a self-imposed 16-year broadcast silence and spoke to BBC about his home country Turkiye.

One of the key issues facing the country is the Kurdish issue, and he says the Hizmet movement supports the peace process.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

VOA covers Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen

(Video Duration: 1 min 35 secs)

While critics characterize the Gulen movement as a cult of personality, admirers prefer the term Hizmet movement, after the Turkish word for ‘service.’ And Aslandogan compared Fethullah Gulen to U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

BBC interviews Fethullah Gulen

(Video Duration: 8 min 15 secs)

Speaking to the BBC's Newshour, Fethullah Gulen said: "It is not possible for these judges and prosecutors to receive orders from me."

Fethullah Gulen has been called Turkey's second most powerful man. He is also a recluse, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

An apparent power struggle between his followers and those around the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reached a new pitch of intensity and loathing.
Since arriving in the US in the late 1990s, Mr Gulen, 74, has not given a single broadcast interview. What rare communication there has been with the media has almost exclusively been conducted via email.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dr. Conway on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet

(Video Duration: 3 min 46 secs)

Dr. Trudy Conway, professor of philosophy at Mount Saint Mary's University, Maryland, spoke to Rumi Forum on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (popularly known as Gulen Movement.)
“What I am most impressed by is the extent to which his teachings have been appropriated in the lives of people who are very devoted to the principles and truths he espouses.”
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Hizmet (Gulen) Movement's fields of activity

(Video Duration: 14 min 55 secs)

Dr. Dogan Koc, Executive Director of the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston, lists the Hizmet (Gulen) Movement’s fields of activity in parallel with the three enemies of the society -namely poverty, ignorance and disunity- that they are aimed to eliminate. As Koc puts it, the movement’s activities fall into three main categories; education, aid/relief and dialogue all of which are developed and run by a voluntary basis.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Rumi Forum Corporate Video

(Video Duration: 5 min 54 secs)

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith and intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace all over the world and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The principal goal of the Rumi Forum is to promote peace in the world and contribute to a peaceful coexistence of the adherents of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities and races.
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