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Cross-Cultural Dialogue on the Virtues : The Contribution of Fethullah Gulen - Trudy D. Conway

Cross-Cultural Dialogue on the Virtues

The Contribution of Fethullah Gulen


Published: 24th July 2014
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This book explores the development of the influential worldwide Hizmet movement inspired by the Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen, known for his moderate Islamic emphasis on peaceful relations among diverse people. It provides a detailed study of Gulen's account of the virtues and argues that they provide the key to understanding this thinker and the movement he inspired, from its initial establishment of hospitality houses through the growth of worldwide schools, hospitals, media outlets, charitable associations and dialogue centers.

The book analyzes the distinctive virtues that shaped the Hizmet movement's ethos as well as continue to sustain its expansive energy, from the core virtues of tolerance, hospitality, compassion and charity to a host of related virtues, including wisdom, humility, mildness, patience, mercy, integrity and hope. It also examines the Islamic and Sufi roots of Gulen's understanding of the virtues as well as presents a comparative study of Gulen's account of the virtues in dialogue with prominent thinkers of the Western philosophical tradition and the religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

The Hizmet movement provides living witness to the power and efficacy of tolerance, dialogue and peaceful relations among diverse people. This book offers an insightful portrait of the core virtues of this movement and the scholar who fully explored them within his writing. It will appeal to readers interested in virtue ethics, character education, cross-cultural studies, interfaith dialogue and the role of moderate Islam today.

Chapter 1: Introductory Overview of the Hizmet Movement.- Chapter 2: The Importance of the Virtues in General and Hospitality in Particular.- Chapter 3: From Tolerance to Hospitality.-Chapter 4: The Virtue of Hospitality: Gulen's Understanding.- Chapter 5: Hospitality and Related Virtues: Gulen's Understanding.- Chapter 6: Education: Development of the Intellectual and Moral Virtues.- Chapter 7: Service to Humanity: The Virtues of Compassion and Charity.- Chapter 8: Love as the Ultimate Virtue: The Enduring Influence of Rumi.

ISBN: 9783319078328
ISBN-10: 3319078321
Series: Springerbriefs in Religious Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 24th July 2014
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.23