Cross-cultural Dialogue on the Virtues: The Contribution of by Trudy D. Conway

By Trudy D. Conway

This e-book explores the improvement of the influential all over the world Hizmet flow encouraged by means of the Turkish student Fethullah Gülen, identified for his average Islamic emphasis on peaceable kin between assorted humans. It presents a close research of Gülen’s account of the virtues and argues that they supply the main to figuring out this philosopher and the circulate he encouraged, from its preliminary institution of hospitality homes in the course of the development of globally faculties, hospitals, media retailers, charitable institutions and discussion centers.

The publication analyzes the particular virtues that formed the Hizmet movement’s ethos in addition to proceed to maintain its expansive power, from the middle virtues of tolerance, hospitality, compassion and charity to a bunch of similar virtues, together with knowledge, humility, mildness, persistence, mercy, integrity and wish. It additionally examines the Islamic and Sufi roots of Gülen’s realizing of the virtues in addition to provides a comparative examine of Gülen’s account of the virtues in discussion with famous thinkers of the Western philosophical culture and the spiritual traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

The Hizmet flow presents dwelling witness to the facility and efficacy of tolerance, discussion and peaceable kinfolk between diversified humans. This publication deals an insightful portrait of the middle virtues of this circulation and the student who absolutely explored them inside his writing. it is going to attract readers attracted to advantage ethics, personality schooling, cross-cultural reports, interfaith discussion and the function of reasonable Islam today.

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Having themselves suffered religious intolerance and persecution, the Chambonnais were sensitive to the suffering of others and viewed welcoming at-risk strangers into their homes both as the natural human response and the obvious Christian expectation. Both Muslims and Christians view themselves as called to hospitality since they conceive of all persons as fellow creatures equally originating in the creative love of God. Such accounts provide powerful examples of cultural expectations of the hospitable response that allows for the extending of gracious and respectful relations beyond the intimate bonds of blood and heart.

But interestingly, in some translations of Aristotle’s discussion of ‘‘justifiable anger’’ the mean is translated as ‘‘mildness’’ in recognition of the wise person’s always veering away from the excesses of anger and the harm they cause. Consistent with this understanding, later chapters will discuss Gülen’s emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation in response to harms done to persons. Courage, in all societies, is associated with the response to anticipated risks or harms. Nussbaum stresses that the ancient Greeks initially conceived of courage as a matter of sword-waving in response to lifethreatening situations but over time refined their sense to a more inward and civic understanding of wise behavior in such threatening circumstances (Nussbaum 1988, p.

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