Date posted: February 8, 2013
As the faith-based Hizmet movement widens its activities around the globe in areas such as fostering education and launching humanitarian efforts to heal social and economic woes in different regions, academic research on the motives and nature of the movement is also surging, and a conference is set to take place in the West African country of Senegal.
Ebru Magazine, a French-language offshoot of Turkey’s high-circulation monthly magazine Sızıntı, is organizing the conference this week in Dakar, Senegal, one of the major ports of West Africa.
The Atlantique Turquie-Sénégal Association (ATSA), Cheikh Anta Diop University and the Senegalese Ministry of Education are also among the coordinators of the conference, scheduled to kick off on Feb. 9, this Saturday.
Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye will honor the reception dinner on Feb. 8, where an exhibition of sacred relics from İstanbul’s Topkapı Palace Museum will be displayed. “Diversity & Cohesion in a Globalized World: Contributions of the Hizmet Movement” is the title of the conference, with Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s ideas the main theme to be discussed by academics attending from 12 countries.
Participants include Professor Marcia Hermansen (US), Professor Elena Biagi (Italy), Professor Hervé Legrand (France), Professor Filip Stanciu (Romania), Professor Yasien Mohamed (South Africa) and Professor Jakip Mohamed (Morocco). Well-known Turkish scholar Professor Suat Yıldırım and Professor İrfan Yılmaz will also be speaking at the conference. In addition to case studies on the Hizmet movement’s activities around the world the following themes will be covered during the conference: religion and globalization, Sufism and multiculturalism, restoring Muslim identity, conflict and reconciliation, investing in social capital and ethical education.