Sufi Path to Peace: Love Everyone for the Sake of the One

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Quaker Friends House, Euston, London

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

The Dialogue Society was proud to present its fourth annual Whirling Dervishes event.

The evening began with a speech by Ozcan Keles, of the Dialogue Society, on the meaning of “loving the created for the sake of the Creator”. The evening featured the reading and performance of Rumi poetry, live sufi music, stories, a video presentation and a magical performance by the world-renowned Turkish Whirling Dervishes. The event also included a show of the art of marbling by Turkey’s famous marbling artist Hikmet Barutcugil. Attendees were also able to sample the richness of traditional Turkish Cuisine at the food fair.

The event emphasised the renowned Rumi way of love, understanding and universal peace; values which stem from the very heart of Islam but which have sadly been eclipsed in recent times. The overall objective of the event was to advance inter-communal and inter-religious dialogue by bringing members and believers from different communities and religions, respectively, together around the common values of love, mutual respect and understanding.