Reid B. Locklin speaks on Gulen Movement (Hizmet) – Fethullah Gulen

Reid B. Locklin

Reid B. Locklin says: “… I think that the first contribution is to say that religion will, can and will, be a force for building the common good. ..”

“…. I think the other big contribution is to say that the foundation of harmony is friendship. And so you try to create contexts in which persons who are different meet socially, and can become friends. And that’s maybe most dramatically symbolized by the various trips to Turkey, in which people from many different places have a chance to visit Turkey and meet lots of different people in an informal, friendly setting.”

“… I think that the wisdom of the presentation of Islam by the Hizmet Movement is to recognize that Islam is not monolithic. That Islam is diverse. There are many different expressions of Islam, including in Turkey. And so I think that the Hizmet Movement has said, “we’re ambassadors. We’re ambassadors of a particular lens on Islam.” A particular understanding of Islam that, as much mystical as it is Muslim. That’s as much Turkish as it is Muslim. That’s as much committed to a certain vision of a civic society as it is Muslim.”

Reid B. Locklin – Bio

reid b locklin
Reid B. Locklin

Reid B. Locklin is a theologian and scholar of Hindu-Christian Studies from  St. Michael’s College, and University of Toronto. He also has an over-developed sense of irony.

St. Michael’s College is a college of the University of Toronto, founded in 1852 by the Congregation of St. Basil of Annonay, France. While mainly an undergraduate college for liberal arts and sciences, St. Michael’s retains its Roman Catholic affiliation through its postgraduate divinity school.

St. Michael’s is most closely associated with teaching and research in the humanities. It is also known for being home to Marshall McLuhan throughout his influential career as a philosopher and communication theorist, from 1946 until his death in 1980. The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies resides within the college, while St. Michael’s College School is an affiliated private preparatory school.

 

Intercultural Dialogue Institute

Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada. In this regard, IDI organizes social, educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion forums, luncheons, informative dinners, programs for students and youth, intercultural exchange trips, courses, outreach programs.

It was founded by Turkish Canadians inspired by the teachings and example of Fethullah Gulen. The Institute is not a religious or ethnic organization. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.

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