A Contemporary Renaissance: Gulen's Philosophy for a Global Revival of Civilization

A Contemporary Renaissance: Gulen's Philosophy for a Global Revival of Civilization

by Sulayman Ashrati


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Ashrati's book is a study of intellectual framework laid out by Fethullah Gulen in his call for the revival of humanity's changing power. Gulen, a prominent scholar of Islam and a social activist, is the inspiration behind the global network of education, charity and interfaith dialogue. This book is an attempt to show how significant Gulen's layout for reconstruction is to Islam and to the rest of the world.In his analysis of Gulen's thought of reconstruction, Ashrati looks at concepts including the strategy of nonviolence, spiritual dimension of revival, foundations of humanism in Islam, intellectual and spiritual leadership, men of service, and integration of science and religion. His analogy of construction and architectural work comes handy in understanding both the complexity and openness of the call for revival by Gulen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682060087
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Professor Sulayman Ashrati is the head of the Department of Qur'anic Studies and Comparative Religion in Wahran University, Algeria. He is the Director of the Journal of the Wahran Literary Institute, Hadatha, founding editor of the Journal of Maghrib Studies, and editor of the Wahran University Journal.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Chapter 1 The Place of Reason in Gülen's Thought 1

The Epistemology of an Intellectual Movement 4

Faith-Based Reasoning 7

Gülen's Intellectual Philosophy 8

Religion and the Danger of Falling into Dogmatism 11

Between Religion and Ideology 13

The Elements of Gülen's Thought 18

Islamic Heritage and the Originality of the Intellectual Approach 20

A Reading of Gülen's Thought 24

Mechanical Thinking and Masterful Thinking 25

The Place of Reason in Gülen's Perspective 35

The Aim of Gülen's Goals and Objectives 39

The Sacred Heritage 43

Gülen's Discourse on the Community of the Qur'an 45

Chapter 2 The Journey of the Ummah from Regressive Jurisprudence to the Jurisprudence of Renaissance 53

Gülen: The Founder of the Jurisprudence of Renaissance and Construction 55

Jurisprudence and Ideological Censure 57

How the Disgrace of the Muslims Started in the Current Era 58

Turkey from the Role of the Custodial to the Role of the Ruled 59

Following the Doctrine of the Greatest Jurisprudence 61

The Ease of the Legislative Rules and Their Creative Essence 66

The Humanitarian-based Concept of Mutual Exchange 77

Conscientious Jurisprudence of Fundamentality and Amendment 81

The Jurisprudence of Financing 86

Chapter 3 The Experience of Service 89

A Step on the Path of the Contemporary Renaissance 89

As We Are Building Our Civilization 90

Globalization and Counter-Globalization 91

Misfortune Wealth 92

How Does Gülen Interpret the Events? 93

Gülen's Call: Obstacles and Realities 94

Hira: A Symbol 97

Deconstructing the Ummah's Entity 97

Gülen's View of Civilization 99

Beginning the Call and the Formation of an Active Human Being 103

School, Man and Civilization 104

Renaissance between the Ineffective School and the Successful School 106

The Most Important Pursuit of the Successful School 108

Culture and Structure 110

The Keyword 112

Chapter 4 Fethullah Gülen and the Philosophy of Construction without Violence 115

Founding the Movement for the Contemporary Renaissance 118

The Role of the Erudite in the Renaissance 119

The Strategy of Non-Violence 124

Choosing the Parties That Are Ready for Dialogue 130

Chapter 5 The Significance of Action 133

The State, the Leader, the Individual and the Construction of Civilization 136

The Jurisprudence of Civilization 140

The Essential Foundations of Humanism in Islam 141

The Sources of Glory and the Spiritual Dimension 142

Liberating the Human Being in Islam 145

The Characteristics of the Islamic Civilization Model 146

Actors and Vanguards: The Spiritual and the Intellectual Leaders 148

Motivations and Incentives 153

The Essential Foundations of Gülen's Civil Perspective 155

The Central Role of Religion in the Reform 157

Framework and Leadership 160

Gülen's Origin and Its Influence 161

The Effect of Relinquishing and Beautification on Gülen 163

The Reformers and the Permanence of Burning the Ego 164

The Inspired Mind and the Intellectual Leaders 166

The Men of Service and Their Role in the Construction 167

The Strategy of Integrating Science and Religion 170

Overcoming the Gaps among Methodology, Performance and Initiatives 171

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