A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gülen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse

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Tughra Books, 2007 - Religion - 114 pages
What is the level of resonance between Islam and the West? In A Dialogue of Civilizations, Jill Carroll explores the points where the ideas of Fethullah Gülen, an influential Turkish intellectual and scholar of Islam, find echo in the context of the larger humanities. Readers will gain a fuller understanding of Gülen's thought on issues of inherent human value and dignity, freedom of thought, education, and taking responsibility for creating society and the world. Dr. Carroll establishes a textual dialogue between the works of Gülen and the texts of Confucius, Plato, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Jean Paul Sartre. This book shows how perspectives from different times, locations, and worldviews can still find deep resonance and yield points on which to engage in dialogue. (Back cover).
 

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Regardless of what one might think of the ideas of Gulen, this book does him a huge disservice. The author very clearly has either an agenda, or embarrassingly little knowledge of the philosophers she writes on. These philosophers are not only "creatively" used, they are used in ways that are *clearly* *incompatible* with their ideas to anyone with even a cursory introduction to Western Philosophy. That established academics with a philosophy background would recommend this book is a disgrace. 

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B. Jill Carroll is a lecturer in humanities and religious studies and the associate director of Boniuk Center at Rice University–Houston. She is the author of The Savage Side: Reclaiming Violent Models of God.

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