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CONF.- Conference on Peaceful Coexistence and Fethullah Gulen, 11/2007

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CONF.- Conference on Peaceful Coexistence and Fethullah Gulen, 11/2007

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International Conference on Peaceful Coexistence
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
23-24 November 2007
Fethullah Gulen's initiatives for peace in the contemporary world

Call for Papers

Deadline for receipt of Abstracts: 31 May 2007

The need for peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims
within and between nations has long been recognized. The much
publicized failures in relations in recent years, which are both a
cause and effect of the situation in many parts of the world - not
just the Middle East - should spur all right-minded people to
re-double their efforts to sustain the hope for peaceful co-existence.

Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar and peace activist, and the
mentor of a dynamic faith-based movement that has inspired a
generation of Muslims in Turkey and abroad to undertake charitable
works, especially in education. After thirty years of activism in the
field they now constitute one of the most effective and influential
Muslim faith-based movements of the 21st century. They work to raise
moral and religious awareness by founding non-denominational schools
and universities and so encourage intercultural dialogue and
understanding. Their work makes a practical contribution to
constructive, positive relations between the West and the Muslim
world, with special focus on issues such as democracy,
multiculturalism, globalization, and intercultural dialogue in the
context of secular modernity.

By focusing on Gulen's ideas and practice, this Conference aims to
explore the appeal and impact of the Gulen's movement worldwide
initiatives to help people respond creatively to the profound social
changes that are taking root everywhere. These changes make the world
an increasingly integrated place, while its people juggle different,
often divided identities. A particular focus will be the movement's
long-established and ongoing projects dedicated to improving
North-South and East-West relations, and to building trust and
cooperativeness among people of different faith traditions.

Major themes:
- Peaceful Muslim-non-Muslim co-existence in a secular context
- Inclusiveness and integration
- The necessity and importance of dialogue
- The positive role of non-denominational education
- The state of East-West, North-South relations
- Reconciling and balancing reason and faith
- Understanding the benefits of democracy
- The role of shared values in building civility and citizenship

Abstract & CV deadline: Abstracts (max. 500 words) with a brief CV
(max. 200 words) of the author(s) should be submitted by 31 May 2007

Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Paper submission deadline: Abstracts will be evaluated by the
Conference's editorial board. The authors of accepted abstracts will
then be asked to submit papers (3000-7000) words before 30 September 2007.

Conference book: Following editorial review, some of the accepted
papers will be published in the form of a book of the Conference proceedings.

Honorarium: â‚500 for papers presented at the conference

Free resource CD: A free resource CD on Gulen and his works is
available from the organizing committee. Please apply to:

Hotel and travel/flight: The cost of hotel accommodation and flights
will be subsidised for all participants who present papers at the Conference

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