Book Launch in Oxford: European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives on and From the Gülen Movement

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Regent’s Park College, Oxford University Pusey St., OXFORD, OX1 2LB

Dr Martin Whittingham

Oxford University

Prof Nicholas Wood

Director of the Centre for Christianity and Culture

Prof Paul Weller

Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

Ziya Meral

Cambridge University

Paul Weller will provide an overview of key themes drawn from within the chapters of his new co-edited (together with Ihsan Yilmaz of Fatih University, Istanbul) book on European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives on and From the Gülen Movement, that were written by a range of authors, including Professor Weller himself.

The book, overall, deals with the challenges and opportunities faced by Muslims and the wider society in Europe following the Madrid train bombings of 2004 and the London Transport attacks of 2005. Paul Weller’s talk will highlight how the book’s chapters explore the challenges to the concept and practice of civility in public life within a European context, together with the evidence presented and arguments made by the authors about how far the thought and practice of the global movement inspired by the Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen can make a contribution in these matters.

Professor Weller’s overview of the book will touch on key perspectives from Fethullah Gülen on Muslim identity and public life in Europe; on civility, co-existence and integration; on the movement’s development in a variety of different European contexts, especially in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Northern Ireland, and on the movement’s role in challenging terrorism. He will also provide some insight into the position adopted by Fethullah Gülen in relation to Turkey’s possible future membership of the European Union.

Chair: Prof Nicholas Wood


The book will be made available for purchase at the event from reduced fee. Professor Paul Weller will be signing copies of his book following the event.