Meet the World's Top Living Public Intellectual

OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Foreign Policy Magazine's 2008 "World's Top Living Public Intellectual", Mr. Fethullah Gulen's inspirations will be discussed at the symposium on "Dreaming for a Better World: Contributions of the Gulen Movement".

This Symposium follows previous conferences on the Gulen Movement held at Georgetown University (2008), the UK House of Lords & London School of Economics (2007), University of Oklahoma (2006) and Rice University (2005). It will take place at the Paterson Hall, Room 303, Carleton University from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday October 24th 2009.

During the Symposium, discussions will include how to use dialogue to avoid religious conflicts, education to fight ignorance and the use of charitable and business groups to combat poverty. The Gulen movement, a leader in the field of intercultural and interfaith dialogue has achieved impressive results internationally and in Turkey specifically.

Mr. Gulen, a Turkish Muslim scholar, opinion leader, author, educational activist and preacher emeritus is recognized internationally and is the Honorary President of the Journalists and Writers Foundation in Turkey.

Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Starting in 1994, Gulen's efforts to promote interfaith dialogue have contributed to reducing tensions between different religions and ideologies in Turkey. The Journalists and Writers Foundation organized a series of gatherings involving leaders of religious minorities in Turkey such as the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchs, the Chief Rabbi of Turkey and the Vatican's Representative and others.

Another platform named "ABANT" brought together leading intellectuals from all corners of the political spectrum, including leftists, atheists, nationalists, religious conservatives, and liberals, for the first time in recent Turkish history and it provided a forum for debate. The movement continues to organize conferences, panels, interfaith and intercultural trips, congressional dinners and other activities, to avoid religious conflict and maintain a culture of dialogue around the globe.

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