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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rumi Forum kept busy during Ramadan with numerous Iftar Dinners

The Rumi Forum was very busy with numerous Ramadan Iftar Dinners during the fasting month. These dinners are organized to bring professionals, community leaders, families and individuals together in a spirit of hospitality and share in a meal in the tradition of Abraham and reflecting the words of Rumi - "come whoever you are.....come !".

Visit our photos page on Picasa and some sample photos are below

Pim Valkenberg as guest speaker at Rumi Forum Ramadan Dinner

An Ebru (water marbling) presentation

Guest speaker norwegian Ambassador, H.E. Wegger Chr. Strommen

Rumi Forum's President with Bishop Chane aduring the Iftar Dinner at Washington's National Cathedral

Invitation that was used to invite members of the wider American community to attend a community Ramadan Iftar Tent


Guests at the Ramadan Iftar Tent in Fairfax, Virginia
Emre Celik with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton at the 2010
State Dept. Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Farah Pandith from the State Department with Emre Celik during the Rumi Forum Kentucky Ramadan Iftar Dinner



Amb. David Newton at the Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner in Maryland
More photos:
http://picasaweb.google.com/110222538312634006729/RUMIFORUM#

Newspaper article on the Annual Maryland Iftar dinner:
http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-220542-former-us-ambassador-praises-gulen-at-marti-rockville-iftar.html

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rumi Forum's Suggested Links - Media, Conferences, Writings

We have updated our 'suggested links' section with articles from numerous media organizations and other web sites that have discussed either the Rumi Forum, Fethullah Gulen or the Gulen (Hizmet) Movement.


Also you will find links to numerous conferences on Gulen's ideas.  Be sure to also visit our social networks .


Rumi Forum

Media-Press (LATEST ON TOP)


Conference Papers




Fethullah Gulen's Writings


Other Web Sites and Articles


Friday, September 17, 2010

2 GREAT SPEAKERS at the Rumi Forum - DON'T MISS OUT

Thursday 9/23 - "A World Without Islam" by Graham Fuller

Tuesday 9/28 - "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam" by Akbar Ahmed


Full details below - CLICK ABOVE LINKS TO REGISTER


fullerbookcoverThe Rumi Forum presents "A World Without Islam"  by Graham Fuller
Thursday, September  23rd
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
at Rumi Forum
1150 17th St. N.W., Suite 408 Washington, DC 20036

Free and open to the public (registration required)
Light refreshments will be served



Synopsis: What if Islam never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. But what if that weren't the case at all? In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we know today.

Filled with fascinating details and counterintuitive conclusions, A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM is certain to inspire debate and reshape the way we think about Islam's relationship with the West.

"A MUST READ. Graham Fuller’s A World Without Islam, is a tour de force by one of the foremost authorities on global Muslim politics. Fuller’s masterful study provides an insightful and at times provocative analysis of the character of Muslim-West relations from the rise of Islam, addressing major issues from the clash of civilizations and the roots of terrorism to the significance of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and U.S. foreign policy."- John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion & International Affairs at Georgetown University; his recent books include The Future of Islam and Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.
fuller0636 2Graham E. Fuller is currently Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. He has a BA and MA from Harvard in Russian and Middle East studies. He worked 20 years as a CIA operations officer, seventeen of them overseas in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and China. He later became Vice-Chair of the National Intelligence Council at CIA, with overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting. After leaving government service Mr. Fuller was a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation for 12 years where, among many publications, he wrote on political Islam in various countries, and on the geopolitics of the Muslim world. He speaks several Middle Eastern languages as well as Russian and Chinese. He has written many books and articles on Middle Eastern and South Asian geopolitics, including The Center of the Universe: the Geopolitics of Iran; The Geopolitics of Islam and the West; Turkey Faces East: Turkey’s New Geopolitics from the Balkans to Central Asia; The Arab Shi’a; and The Future of Political Islam, 2003; The New Turkish Republic: Turkey’s Pivotal Role in the Middle East, 2008. His latest book is A World Without Islam, (Little, Brown), August 2010.


ahmedbookcoverThe Rumi Forum presents "Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam" by Akbar Ahmed
Tuesday, September 28th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
at Rumi Forum
1150 17th St. N.W., Suite 408 Washington, DC 20036

Free and open to the public (registration required)
Light refreshments will be served

The most comprehensive study ever done on the American Muslim community, Journey into America explores and documents how Muslims are fitting into U.S. society, seeking to place the Muslim experience in the U.S. within the larger context of American identity. In doing so, it is a major contribution to the study of American history and culture.
Renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed and his team of young researchers traveled through over seventy-five cities across the United States—from New York City to Salt Lake City; from Las Vegas to Miami; from large enclaves such as Dearborn, Michigan, to small towns like Arab, Alabama. They visited over one hundred mosques and visited homes and schools to discover what Muslims are thinking, what they are reading, and how they are living every day in America.
Ahmed illuminates unexplored Muslim-American communities through his pursuit of challenging questions: Can we expect an increase in homegrown terrorism? How do American Muslims of Arab descent differ from those of other origins (e.g. Somali or South Asian)? Why are so many white women converting to Islam? He also delves into the potentially sticky area of relations with other religions. For example, is there truly a deep divide between Muslims and Jews in America? And how well do Muslims get along with other larger religious groups, such as Mormons in Utah?
Much like Ahmed’s widely hailed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization(Brookings, 2007), Journey into America is equal parts anthropological research, listening tour, and travelogue. Whereas the previous book took the reader into homes, schools, mosques, and public places in heavily Muslim nations, Journey into America takes us into the heart of America’s Muslim communities in America. It is absolutely essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of America today, especially its Muslim population—the challenges it faces, the challenges it poses, and its prospects for the future.
Synopsis: The most comprehensive study ever done on the American Muslim community, Journey into America explores and documents how Muslims are fitting into U.S. society, seeking to place the Muslim experience in the U.S. within the larger context of American identity. In doing so, it is a major contribution to the study of American history and culture.
Renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed and his team of young researchers traveled through over seventy-five cities across the United States—from New York City to Salt Lake City; from Las Vegas to Miami; from large enclaves such as Dearborn, Michigan, to small towns like Arab, Alabama. They visited over one hundred mosques and visited homes and schools to discover what Muslims are thinking, what they are reading, and how they are living every day in America.
Ahmed illuminates unexplored Muslim-American communities through his pursuit of challenging questions: Can we expect an increase in homegrown terrorism? How do American Muslims of Arab descent differ from those of other origins (e.g. Somali or South Asian)? Why are so many white women converting to Islam? He also delves into the potentially sticky area of relations with other religions. For example, is there truly a deep divide between Muslims and Jews in America? And how well do Muslims get along with other larger religious groups, such as Mormons in Utah?
Much like Ahmed’s widely hailed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization(Brookings, 2007), Journey into America is equal parts anthropological research, listening tour, and travelogue. Whereas the previous book took the reader into homes, schools, mosques, and public places in heavily Muslim nations, Journey into America takes us into the heart of America’s Muslim communities in America. It is absolutely essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of America today, especially its Muslim population—the challenges it faces, the challenges it poses, and its prospects for the future.

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Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington DC, the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and is considered “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. He has advised General David Petraeus, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Secretary Michael Chertoff on Islam and foreign policy. He is regularly interviewed by CNN, CBS, BBC, and Fox News and has appeared several times on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”, as well as The Daily Show and The O’Reilly Factor. He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including Discovering Islam, which was the basis of the BBC six-part TV series called “Living Islam”. His books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese and Indonesian. His most recent book Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (Brookings Press, 2010), is an unprecedented study based in fieldwork of Muslims in America.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

NEW RESEARCH- Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Rumi Forum is part of a global movement usually referred to as the Gulen Movement - inspired by Fethullah Gulen. Pew Research has produced a report that was officially launched and published yesterday, September 15, 2010. The Gulen Movement is involved in numerous educational and dialogue activites in more than 100 countries. Some estimate the number of schools to number more than 1000 in 110 countries. The movement is primarily involved in interfaith dialogue (like the Rumi Forum), media, hospitals, schools and universities and welfare/relief organizations. The report also includes a section on Gulen Movement activities in the USA - mentioning the Rumi Forum in the appendices. Hizmet (meaning service in Turkish) is the word used by members of the Gulen Movement to describes themselves.

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe
Gülen Movement
The Gülen movement refers to a cluster of religious, educational and social organizations founded and inspired by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic scholar, author and speaker now in his late 60s. The movement strives to give faithful Muslims the secular education they need to thrive in the modern world. At the same time, it also emphasizes the importance of traditional religious teachings. To this end, the movement has inspired the creation of a worldwide network of schools and other centers of learning that focus on secular subjects in the classroom but also offer extracurricular programs that emphasize religious themes.
By some estimates, there are now more than 1,000 Gülen-inspired schools and centers in more than 100 countries around the world.  In Germany, the European country with the strongest Gülen presence, there are at least a dozen of these schools and more than 150 smaller educational and cultural centers. While open to students of all backgrounds, Gülen-inspired schools in Europe typically cater to Turkish immigrants and their offspring.  Many of the schools charge tuition, but it is generally low because the schools are subsidized by wealthy supporters of Fethullah Gülen.
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Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe - Gülen Movement - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Schoolgirls write on a chalkboard during a lesson at Türkisch Deutsches
Bildungsinstitut Berlin-Brandenburg (TÜDESB), a Gülen-inspired school in Berlin.-
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The report was also covered by Reuters Press on September 15, 2010:
Low support for radicalism among European Muslims | Reuters


Primary researcher, Peter Mandaville spoke at the Rumi Forum
Globalization, Identity and the Transformation of Islamic Activism | Luncheons
and also on Youtube:
YouTube - Globalization, Identity and the Transformation of Islamic Activism- Rumi Forum

(Peter Mandaville, Director, Center for Global Studies, and Professor of Government and Islamic Studies, George Mason University; Visiting Fellow 2009-10, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

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