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Alexander Institute

235 E 6th St- Ste 300
St. Paul, MN 55106

General Phone: 651-251-0863
Financial Aid Phone: 651-251-0866
Sector: Private for-profit, less-than

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Praise for Inter-Cultural Dialogue Efforts - Zaman Online

Marcia Hermansen made an extensive description of Sufi movements from a historical and social perspective. Dr. Thomas Michel searched for an answer to the question whether Fethullah Gulen is a Sufi or not. Saying that he sees Gulen’s Sufi teachings as “the accumulated wisdom of Muslim saints”, Michel told Gulen is a discipline who presents Sufism’s “service to humanity” program. According to Michel, while “personal transformation” is more important for Said Nursi, Gulen finds “social transformation via education” at least as important as this. Scott Alexander who defined the “great jihad” concept, which means ones struggle with his own self, told Gulen focused more on the “society” than the “individual” when compared with Nursi. Alexander defined those who make crisscrosses by forcing the cultural border as “inter-cultural mujaheeden”. He said the biggest mujaheedens of the last era were Gandhi, Cathy Kelly, Pope II Jean Paul and Fethullah Gulen. Asma Afsuriddin examined the concept of patience and modesty.