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

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Highfield Campus, building 7 (Lancaster) - Room 3031 (L/R F2), Southampton University SOUTHAMPTON, SO17 1BJ

Dr Christina Welch

University of Winchester

Dr Mark Owen

Director of the Winchester Centre

Dr Paul Hedges

University of Winchester

Prof Tony Evans

Prof Tony Evans

Professor of Global Politics at the University of Southampton

Tony Evans is Professor of Global Politics at the University of Southampton. He has published widely in the field of human rights, global governance and law. His current research looks at opposition to human rights discourses. This research will be published by Lynne Rienner at the end of 2010.

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.

Reviewers

Dr Mark Owen, Director of the Winchester Centre
Dr Christina Welch, University of Winchester
Dr Paul Hedges, University of Winchester
Prof Tony Evans, University of Southampton

Note

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