Where: 25 October at the House of Lords, 26 October at the SOAS and 27 October at the London Schools of Economics (LSE)
For individual papers presented at the conference, videos of presentations and more details please visit:www.gulenconference.org.uk
An international conference over three days which featured the presentation of 49 full papers selected by an Editorial Board of 16 renowned academics. The conference was launched at the House of Lords, continued at the School of Oriental and African Studies and concluded at the London School of Economics. Full conference proceedings were published by the Leeds Metropolitan University Press as a 750-page volume and circulated to attendees in advance and on the day of the conference, eliciting much appraisal.
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham hosted the Conference Launch at the House of Lords on behalf of the University of Birmingham, Irish School of Ecumenics, Leeds Metropolitan University, London Middle East Institute, Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies and Dialogue Society entitled ‘Muslim world in Transition: Contributions of the Gülen Movement’ by Lunch Reception, attended by over a 150 guests.
The launch included a welcoming speech by Lord Ahmed; speeches by Prof Marcia Hermanssen, Prof Thomas Michel, Cllr Dr Harvey Marshall, Prof Paul Weller, Rev Prof Simon Robinson; and closing remarks by Bill Rammel, Minister of State at the Department for Education and Skills.
Those in attendance at the Conference Launch included Jack Straw, Jim Fitzpatrick, Lord Triesman, Stephen Timms, Lord Davies of Oldham, Lord West, Baroness Scotland, Caroline Flint, Jim Knight, Bill Rammel and Lord Hunt as well as twenty-two Members of Parliament, sixteen Lords, five Lord-Bishops, senior police officers; Sir George Russell, Deputy Chairman of ITV; Sir David Bell, Chairman of the Financial Times; editors of the The Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Foreign Affairs and Ambassadors and academics.
The conference itself took place over two full days, as parallel sessions, at the School of Oriental and African Studies and London School of Economics on 26-27 October 2007, respectively featuring the presentation of forty-nine full papers. More than five hundred delegates attended the conference over two days.
The underlying aim of the conference was to examine the impact of the Gülen movement on the contemporary Muslim world in transition and the relations between the West and Islam in general. The Gülen movement aims to promote creative and positive relations between the West and the Muslim world and articulate a constructive position on issues such as democracy, multiculturalism, globalisation, and interfaith dialogue in the context of secular modernity. Gülen's re-reading of religious texts in the context of a renewal and re-interpretation in Islam that can take part in the building of a fully human society in Europe also featured in the deliberations of the conference.
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Photos at House of Lords
Photos at London School of Economics
Photos at SOAS, University of London