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Rumi Forum

Inspiring Words

"I believe we are all here to help each other and that our individual lives have patterns and purposes,"

Betty Ford


Deepest Condolences to Norwegians

We at the Rumi Forum wish to express our deep saddness at the tragic and senseless loss of life in Norway. We at the Rumi Forum stand with the people of Norway in this very difficult time, and pray for healing and patience for those who were injured in the attacks and the victims families and loved ones.

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SAIS/Rumi Forum Panel - A New Era in Peace Building & Democratization

As the Arab Spring has made clear, new technologies have made civil society one of -- if not the -- most important factor in determining the stability and durability of governance around the world. Hear four experts share their perspectives on how the role of civil society has changed, and how its effective mobilization can speed the development of democracy and peace in the 21st century.

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Community Engagement Night

Rumi Forum coorganized Community Engagement Night with ATFA. Max Finberg, Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Acacia Salatti, Deupty Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, were among the speakers of the event.

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Rumi Forum’s New Advisory Board

The Rumi Forum has formed a new Advisory Board, amongst the new members are academics, former government officials, and interfaith and intercultural dialogue leaders.

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FAIRFAX TV Channel 30

Rumi Forum will start broadcasting on a third television station during August 2011. That station is Fairfax TV - channel 30. The time slots during which it will be broadcast are as follows:

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Recent Luncheons


Climate Change: A Major Challenge of the 21st Century

July 26th, 2011

Listen to Podcast


President Obama's Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative

July 14th, 2011

Watch this Video


Turkey Decides: The Effects of the 2011 Turkish Elections on Domestic and Foreign Policy

June 16th, 2011

Watch this Video


Changing the Mindset on US Policy in the Middle East, with Brian Katulis

June 9th, 2011
Watch this Video


Rethinking Religion and Violence in America, or How a Pax Americana Might Figure in a Coming Religious Peace

June 21st, 2011
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Chicago Fethullah Gulen Conference

The Chicago Gulen Conference was very informative, as it brought together more than 20 scholars to discuss a transnational movement of volunteers dedicated to education and civic service. The conference includes21 speakers across 7 panels, a summary after each panel and a Q&A session at the end of each panel.

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Testimonials - Guests talk about their travels in Turkey

Most read articles- what people are reading on our official web site and blog

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Rumi Forum now accepts donation through a new service via Paypal. The Rumi Forum, a NGO that is a non-profit exempt organization under section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code exists by way of contributions, donations and the volunteers that enable it to provide numerous services to better society at large. Your contributions are appreciated and play an important part in the Rumi Forum increasing social harmony and understanding.


Turkish Classes

New classes start in September 2011
Learn Turkish in Washington, DC! Experienced teachers are offering Turkish Language Classes at the Rumi Forum in Washington, DC. If you are looking for Turkish lessons in the DC Metropolitan Area, Rumi Forum is the right place to begin. There are three terms in a year

Turkish language classes are open to everyone who is interested.
The classes are arranged based on the number of students interested in at any level.
Our teachers are using a Turkish Language Book Set written in Turkish.

For the intensive program: A four-hour class per week and eight classes in a month.

For further queries and application form please email:

Visit the 'Learn Turkish' blog


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Rumi Forum Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for our summer, fall  and winter 2011 internship program.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and master’s-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply.

Application Process: In order to apply for a Rumi Forum Internship, please submit the following:

· Cover Letter and Resume

· College or University Transcript

· 2-3 References (please provide both the phone and email contact information and please include a Professor or other individual familiar with your work)

Winter: January to March.
Spring: March to May.
Fall: September to December.

*starting dates are flexible

Please send materials via email to 

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