This book is not a comprehensive study of Rumi and Gülen, but it seeks to explore the places where the thought of the one is echoed in the thinking of the other, either overtly or indirectlyand to note ways in which the opposite is true: that Gülen diverges from Rumi. The book is also seeking to suggest some of the larger contexts in which the thinking of both resides. Given the wide-ranging aspects of their respective writings, it should not be surprising if, minimally, we can find important foundation stones in both philosophy and theology in the edifices that they each construct.
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About the Author
Ori Z. Soltes is Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University, and former Director and Curator of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC, where he curated over 80 exhibitions. He lives in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Sufism within the History of Islam: From Rabi'a to Ibn al-'Arabi 1
Chapter 2 The Life and Thought of Jalaluddin Rumi 19
Chapter 3 Biographical Contexts: The Intellectual Shaping of Fethullah Gülen 51
Chapter 4 Gülen's Thought in Its Relation to Rumi and Other Thinkers: Mysticism and the Passion for Interfaith Dialogue 67
Chapter 5 Gülen's Thought as Action: Education and the Hizmet Movement 103
Chapter 6 Between Past and Future: Gülen's Vision, Its Sources and Goals: In Pursuit of a Better World 125