Gülen movement-backed Abant Platform to discuss Alevi-Sunni ties


Date posted: December 13, 2013

BOLU, TURKEY

The Alevi issue is the key theme of this year’s Abant Platform, which started on Dec. 13 by way of the organization efforts of the Gülen Movement-affiliated Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV).

The three-day meeting which has gathered intellectuals from various ideological camps came at a time when tension between the government and the movement has become extremely visible in the eyes of the public due to the former’s plans of “transforming” the private “cram schools” that prepare high school students for Turkey’s highly competitive university entrance exam. Although the government prefers to dub the move as a transformation, it is widely interpreted as a closure down of all those schools, a considerable number of which have been run by businesspersons who have ties with the Gülen movement.

The meeting, titled “Alevis and Sunnis: Searching for Peace and a Future Together,” aims to promote mutual coexistence with open discussion sessions between over 150 people, including academics, researchers, journalists, prominent figures from both Alevi and Sunni civil society groups, as well as officials from the Directorate-General of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).

Matters that are on the agenda and to be debated include faith relations in Turkey and the Middle East from a historical perspective, the social cost of polarization, freedom of conscience and faith, equality in freedoms and rights, and having Alevis and Sunnis become more familiar with each other.

The Abant Platform holds conference each year focusing on an array of issues.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News , December 13, 2013


Related News

Approval rate of Turkish schools abroad at 78 percent

Research company Veritas conducted a survey in July 2013 with 4,296 people in face-to-face interviews in 42 provinces in an effort to measure the approval rate of the Turkish Olympiads that are organized annually.
Accordingly, 67 percent of the respondents expressed a positive opinion of these language olympiads while only 8 percent expressed a negative view.

Fethullah Gülen is a Chance for Humanity: His Inclusive Perspective for Sustainable Global Triangulation

The basic values that mark the twenty-first century are modernism, pluralism, individualism, and religion. Some claim that modernity embraces individual and social life as a whole, and that it has created new forms of religious, cultural, and political pluralism. There is no doubt that the world today is in need of dialogue between cultures and civilizations more than at any other time; this is of the utmost urgency.

Opposition deputy: Police detain one more woman shortly after delivery

B.Ö., a Turkish woman who gave birth on Thursday in the Turkish province of Adana, was detained ealy later the same day over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group. Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a Turkish deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has called on Turkish authorities to stop the practice of detaining women hours after giving birth.

Extradite Gülen? Really?

Enter the current coup plot. Erdogan literally has blamed every obstacle, fanciful plot, and malfeasance upon the elderly cleric. He fingered him in last Friday’s attempted coup even before the smoke settled. Increasingly, it seems the Obama administration might actually take the Turkish president seriously.

Dozens of US Congress members urge Kerry to press Turkey for freer media

A large number of members of the US Congress have voiced concerns on the recent arrest of media members in Turkey and called on Secretary of State John Kerry to press the Turkish government to secure press freedom in the country.

US intel director: Turkish purge impeding fight against ‘Islamic State’

Turkey’s purge has removed military officers who’d been key figures in the US-led fight against the so-called “Islamic State,” says US intelligence head James Clapper. He called it a setback in US-Turkish cooperation.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Gülen’s message on ISIL in UK-based Guardian newspaper

Turkish Extradition Request Could Strain Relations With US

AKP official: Torture claims won’t be investigated if victims are Gülenists

Almost 1,000 officers removed from post in İzmir, Ankara

Award-winning US screenwriter: Without freedom of speech and media, we’re all slaves

Erdoğan’s hate speech moves to US

Turkish court orders 81-year-old man to stay behind bars on coup charges

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News