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A Dialogue of Civilizations

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In this insightful book, Jill Carroll places the ideas of Fethullah Gülen into the context of the larger humanities. Specifically, she seeks to establish a textual dialogue between printed versions of selected articles, sermons, or speeches by Gülen, on the one hand, and the texts of selected thinkers, writers, philosophers, or theorists from general humanities discourse, on the other. These individuals from the humanities include Confucius, Plato, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Jean Paul Sartre.

Readers will gain a fuller understanding of where Gülen 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.

ISBN: 978-1-59784-110-8
APRIL 2007

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.