Religion, Civil Society And Politics In Turkey: Past And Present
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)
The Atlantic Institute is proudly hosting a panel on religion, civil society and politics in Turkey. Prof. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University and Dr. Mustafa Sahin of Istanbul Center will be the panelists. The topic is particularly timely keeping the current events in Turkey in mind.
Panel: Religion, Civil Society and Politics in Turkey: Past and Present
I. Mysticism, Democracy and Hizmet: from Mevlanah Rumi to Fethullah Gulen by Prof. Ori Soltes
II. Religion and Politics in Contemporary Turkey: The Recent Debates on Religion for the Sake of State by Dr. Mustafa G. Sahin
Dr. Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, where he curated over 80 exhibitions. He is also the author of over 230 books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and essays on a range of topics. Recent books include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source,Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Untangling the Web: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always has been, and Embracing the World: Fethullah Gulen’s Thought and Its Relationship to Jalaluddin Rumi and Others.
Dr. Mustafa Sahin is the Director of Academic Affairs at Istanbul Center. He received his BA in International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara and his MA in International Relations at Fatih University, Istanbul with a Master thesis on Turkish Foreign Policy Towards the Palestinian Question. He received his PhD in International Relations at Florida International University, Miami where he wrote his dissertation on Turkish Islamic / social movements and how they view Turkey's place in the world (Turkey and neo-Ottomanism: Domestic sources, dynamics and foreign policy). Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of South Florida where he taught Introduction to Comparative Politics, the Middle East, and Politics and Culture in Developing Societies. At Istanbul Center he teaches courses on Islam and Turkey.
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