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Rumi Forum

Inspiring Words

I love my friends neither with heart nor with mind

Perchance ... Heart stops ... Mind forgets ...

I love my friends with my soul.

It never stops, nor forgets ...

 Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi      


The Contemporary Role of the Family in Society

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The Rumi Forum presents "The Contemporary Role of the Family in Society" at George Mason University.

Thursday, April 8th
Registration Starts 8:30 pm

Room 163 in the Research I Building
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA


In this ever shrinking world, the effects of globalization not only affect nations and organizations, but each and every individual. War, famine, disease, financial crisis amongst numerous other difficulties have taken their toll on all levels of society throughout the globe. One institution as a result of the recent global challenges has been undermined and shaken – that institution is the family. Issues regarding the role of each family member, their contributions to society and overcoming social problems, poverty in the current economic crisis giving rise to hopelessness and an uncertain future for many are some of the key parameters that need to be addressed. This conference hopes to provide a platform for some of the numerous issues and problems facing families in the hope that it will be a means for overcoming common difficulties within the dynamic status and definition of what a family actually stands for in the 21st century.

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Free and open to the public (registration required) 

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Lecture at Dr. Akbar Ahmed’s course at American University


Emre Celik and Jena Luedtke were both guest speakers for Dr. Akbar Ahmed’s course entitled "The World of Islam" at American University.

The guests spoke about the Sufi tradition and the influence of Sufism on Fethullah Gulen's ideas of service to others and the development of the Gulen Movement as a positive global influence in regards to building bridges between disparate communities and increasing awareness of others and overcoming prejudice by education and service. The Rumi Forum is very grateful to Dr. Akbar Ahmad for his gracious hospitality and to the students of “The World of Islam” for being a most welcoming and engaging audience.

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Chapter News

Fairfax, Virginia:


The Rumi Forum is proud present a new Rumi Forum Chapter in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Aise Huma Taban will be the Coordinator of the Fairfax Chapter. Dr. Taban received her B.Sc. in Food Engineering at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey in 1993, and her M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. She continued her studies as a Post Doctoral Scholar between 2004-2008. During her graduate studies, she was one of the founders of the Graduate Student Club, Women in Dialog (WIND) in 2006.

After moving to Colorado in 2008, Dr. Taban established similar programs as a volunteer of the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation in Denver. Upon her move to Northern Virginia, Dr. Taban has been involved in numerous dialogue and cultural events.

The Rumi Forum is very proud to have Dr. Taban on board as the Coordinator of the new Fairfax Chapter and we’re looking forward to many new and exciting events with our friends in Northern Virginia.

Lexington Kentucky:


As a part of Cultural Diversity Festival and Islamic Awareness Week, the University of Kentucky's Catholic Studies Department and Interfaith Dialogue Organization (IDO) Rumi Forum hosted a lecture by Dr. Sidney Griffith on "The Qur`an in Christian Thought" on Thursday, Feb. 25th, in the W.T. Young Library Auditorium with the support of Rumi Forum (Washington, DC). 

Read more: Lecture by Dr. Sidney Griffith Gave Historical Perpectives on "The Qur`an in Christian Thought"

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Meeting with Turkish Organizations


Numerous American Turkish organizations' representatives visited Rumi forum to discuss important common issues and to also meet the President, Emre Celik. The Turkish American community has played a major role in bridge building through the role model that the Rumi Forum has established. The Rumi Forum encompasses all in its approach to dialogue with the hope that the wider American community will benefit.

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Gülen Conference


“The Gülen Movement: Paradigms, Projects, and Aspirations”

This conference is interdisciplinary in nature so that the work of the conference can begin to draw important connections between analyses of the movement from the perspectives of disciplines such as: theology, religious studies, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, literature, history, philosophy, law, psychology, economics, political science, and international relations, as well as many others.



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New Web site on Honorary President, Fethullah Gulen

A new web site highlighting the views and writings of Fethullah Gulen and those who have been inspired by his ideas. Articles from those that have had contact with the Gulen Movement or admire its ideals are also presented.

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NEW BOOK: The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam


This is one of the first academic books about Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish scholar and preacher, and the civic movement he inspired in Turkey and ultimately throughout the world. The movement is rooted in moderate Islam and is committed to educating youth, fostering interfaith and intercultural dialog, assisting the needy in society and contributing to global peace. Based on interview data and visits to Gülen-inspired institutions, the book describes the movement from a sociological perspective, especially through the lens of social movement theory. It is the first book, grounded in empirical methodology, to describe the movement to a Western audience. It will be of special interest to social scientists interested in religious movements, religious scholars seeking information on Islamic movements and the general public eager to discover a moderate Islam that promotes humanitarian projects.

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In The Media

The Crisis in Turkey? by John L. Esposito
Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University


The protocols of the learned elders of Fethullah Gülen by Mustafa Akyol

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From the Archive

The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue: a Muslim Approach by Fethullah Gulen:


Spiritual Leader in a Global Islamic Context by Salih Yucel:


A Different Jihad by Barney Zwartz, The Age:


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