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    A Dialogue of Civilizations

    by Jill Carroll
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    • PAPERBACK : 2012-12-12 • 128 Pages • 15x23 inches • ISBN 9781597841108
    • CATEGORIES Interfaith Dialogue, Backlist, Forthcoming
    • PRICE : $9.95
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    DESCRIPTION

    Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish intellectual, scholar, and activist whose influence over a new Islamic intellectual, social, and spiritual revival is revealed in this insightful book. Readers will gain a fuller understanding of where Gulen stands on issues of inherent human value and dignity, freedom of thought, education and taking responsibility for creating society and the world. In addition, readers will also see how different perspectives across time, geography, and worldview can still find points on which to engage in dialogue and find a deep resonance.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS CONTENTS
    Foreword vii
    Introduction 1
    CHAPTER 1
    Gülen and Kant on Inherent Human Value and Moral Dignity 9
    CHAPTER 2
    Gülen and Mill on Freedom 21
    CHAPTER 3
    Gülen, Confucius, and Plato on the Human Ideal 35
    CHAPTER 4
    Gülen, Confucius, and Plato on Education 59
    CHAPTER 5
    Gülen and Sartre on Responsibility 79
    Conclusion 101
    Notes 103
    Bibliography 107
    Index 109
    Review Thought Provoking Read Recommended 4 stars

    A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse presents the query what is the level of resonance between Islam and the West
    The Review
    Writer Carroll states in the introduction that prior to a trip she made late in 2004 she was unaware that the organizers of the Institute for Interfaith Dialog based in Houston, Texas as well as the organizers of the trip itself were members of a community of people inspired by the notions of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic scholar. Reading further we find Carroll's intent in this book is to place the ideas of Fethullah Gulen into the context of the larger humanities.

    Chapter titles are 1: Gulen and Kant on Inherent Human Value and Moral Dignity, 2: Gulen and Mill on Freedom, 3: Gulen, Confucius, and Plato on the Human Ideal, 4: Gulen, Confucius, and Plato on Education, 5: Gulen and Sartre on Responsibility. Kant's belief was that humans have inherent value, Gulen spoke of the transcendent value of human beings. Mills assertions that the tyranny of the majority must be met head long was presented from his viewpoint of the nineteenth century Briton. Gulen avows that freedom allows people to do whatever they want, provided they do not harm others and they remain wholly devoted to the truth. An intriguing trialogue regarding the human ideal is constructed by Writer Carroll between Gulen, Confucius and Plato in chapter 3. Chapter 4 addresses the mastery of the Book of Songs - music and poetry as vital to self development, leadership and service of family and leadership.

    A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse presents the query what is the level of resonance between Islam and the West That the twenty-first century has become an episode of heretofore unnoticed quandary is obvious. Up until 9-1-1 few worldwide really gave much thought to anything other than their own viewpoint.

    Writer Carroll finds significance can be gleaned an awareness of the theoretically divergent views of Gulen, Turkish Muslim scholar and those of Immanuel Kant, Confucius, Plato, John Stuart Mill, and Jean Paul Sartre regarding critical hypothesis including intrinsic ethical pride, creature significance, learning, autonomy, and accountability. The reader may be surprised to find out these figures who are separated by centuries in time, as well as oceans or continents have a propensity toward speaking the same language.

    Writer Carroll's attentive writing style has produced a judicious and timely work, she is knowledgeable, presents her thesis in readable manner and holds reader interest. Not for everyone, if you are looking for a lighthearted, story book for a quick afternoon read A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourseis not that book. If you would like to learn a little more about Gulen and his notions of education and dialog then A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse will prove an eye-opening read.

    Educational read, happy to recommend for those who are hoping to learn something of an interesting thesis.

    For review I received a soft cover edition from a publicist.
    Reviewed by: Molly Martin

    Original: Molly's Reviews
    ABOUT AUTHOR
    Jill Carroll
    Jill Carroll

    Dr. Jill Carroll is a recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, philosophy of religion, American religion, and religion in public life. Her areas of specialty include: the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, trends in American religion, the impact of religious diversity in global business, and applied life philosophy. Dr. Carroll earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University in 1994 with a specialty in philosophy of religion. She is the author of numerous articles and several books. Her book, A Dialogue of Civilizations: Gulen’s Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse was a Publishers Weekly bestseller in religion, having been in a “Top 10” category on Amazon in May 2007. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, PBS, MSNBC, and Good Morning America.