Reflections on Reason, Religion, and Tolerance


Author       :Klas Grinell

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Fethullah Gulen’s representations of Islam have a significant following in the world today, not least in Turkey, but also in other parts of the world. Gulen is not one of the most progressive interpreters of Islam; there are many interesting feminist theologians, queer theologians and liberation theologians of other kinds in the house of Islam. Gulen is more traditional. He considers Islam to be the straightest path to more peace and tolerance in the world today. His traditional and contemporary representation of Islam motivates millions of people in the world to engage in social work, building schools and promoting dialogue. If more people in Sweden, the US and other Western counties knew that this is also what we can learn from Islam, we might also become more accepting and open towards the Muslim world.

Klas Grinell

Klas Grinell lives and works in Sweden. He has been involved with Turkey and Islam since 1992 as a tour guide, human rights activist, and researcher. He is an associate professor in the history of ideas and works as a curator of contemporary global issues at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. He has published on the public role of museums, on Orientalism and postcolonial theory, on the impact of international tourism, as well as on the Islamic history of ideas, Fethullah Gulen, and Turkish history and politics.

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