25 March 2011

Illyria Ballroom

09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:30 OPENING CEREMONY

Video presentation

  • Dr. Ferdinand Xhaferaj, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports
  • Prof. Dr. Dhori Kule, Rector of Tirana University
  • Mr. Mustafa Ozcan, Member of board of Trustees, Fatih University
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Weller, Derby University, UK (keynote speaker)
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Republic of Albania (tbc)

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:45 GREETING SPEECHES FROM LEADERS OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

  • Haxhi Selim Muça, Head of the Muslim Community, Albania
  • His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania
  • Mons. Rrok Mirdita, Archbishop of Tirana; President of the Bishops Conference of Albania
  • Haxhi Dede Reshat Bardhi, The Grand Father of Bektashi
  • Pastor Fitor Muça, President of the Albanian Evangelical Alliance

11:45-14:00 COFFEE BREAK
14:00-15:30 SESSION I, INTER-RELIGOUS AND INTER-CIVILISATION DIALOGUE

Moderator: Prof. As. Gjergji Sinani – Shqipëri

  • Prof. Dr. Rostislav Rybakov – Russia (keynote speaker)
  • Diversity, Hizmet and Hoşgörü: the Philosophical Foundations of the Gülen Movement
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Webb – USA
  • Peace and Interreligious Dialogue
  • Prof. Dr. Lynn Evans Mitchell – USA
  • Muslim-Christian Dialogue in the Globalized World
  • Prof. Dr. Francesco Zannini – Italy
  • Islam and the West – A Complex Relationship
  • Dr. Gunther Mulack – Germany

Discussion

15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00-17:30 SESSION II, MORAL VALUES IN GULEN PHILOSOPHY
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Admiel Kosman – Germany

  • Art of Co-Existence in the Clashing World

Prof. Dr. Paul Weller – UK

The True Middle Road: The Islamic Ethics of Fethullah Gülen

Prof. Dr. Karel Steenbrink & Dr. Gürkan Çelik – Holland

Moral Capital and Our Social Challenges

Prof. As. Arben Malaj Albania

Gülen’s Perspective of Forgiveness

Dr. Radhi Al-Mabuk – USA

Gülen’s Views on Tolerance and Dialogue

Milazim Krasniqi – Kosovo

Discussion

26 March 2011
09:00-10:30 SESSION III, GULEN’S HUMAN PHILOSOPHY
Salla Illyria I

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Valentina Duka – Albania

Sacred Space in the Gulen Movement

Prof. Dr. Jon Pahl – USA

M. Fethullah Gülen as One of the Most Important Contemporary World Ethicists

Prof. Dr. Kiril Temkov – Macedonia

An Analysis of Gülen’s Philosophy from a Humanist Perspective

Prof. Assoc. Gjergji Sinani – Albania

Gülen’s Understanding of Tolerance versus Extremism

Dr. Dzemal Latiç – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Discussion

09:00-10:30 SESSION IV, PHILANTROPY AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Salla Illyria II

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Herve Legrand – France

Preaching by Example: Global Philanthropism and Civil Religion

Prof. Dr. Greg Barton – Australia

Social Capital, Civil Society, Gülen Movement

Prof. Assoc. Ihsan Yilmaz – Turkey

Fethullah Gulen and His Contribution on Global Peace

Dr. Bekir Çinar – Albania

Dialogue from Another Perspective

Prof. Assoc. Ilira Çaushaj – Albania

Discussion

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:30 SESSION V, ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY
Illyria I
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Greg Barton – Australia

An Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious Dialogue in the XIII Century

Dr. Todor Todorov – Bulgaria

Gulen Movement, Islam, Politics

Ali Bulaç – Turkey

Islam and Democracy on Gulen’s Understanding

Dr. Nadir Adiliov – Tajikistan

Connecting the Tradition of Tolerance to the Islamic Origin: Ghazali and Gulen

Prof. As. Gokhan Bacik – Turkey

Discussion

11:00-12:30 SESSION VI, GULEN AND EDUCATION
Salla Illyria II

Moderator: Dr. Ferdinand Gjana – Albania

The Role of Turkish Private Schools in the Intercultural Dialogue

Prof. Dr. Nadezhda Emelianova – Russia

Modernity’s Challenges and Gulen’s Ideas on Education

Dr. Anwar Alam – India

Glocalization of the Gulen-Inspired Education Model

Dr. Margaret A. Johnson – USA

Teaching Values and Ethics

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Berisha – Kosovo

The Role of Education and Culture in Rebuilding the Individual and Society

Dr. Agron Tufa – Albania

Discussion

12:30-14:00 BREAK
14:00-15:30 SESSION VII, DIALOGUE IN THE BALKANS AND ALBANIA
Illyria Ballroom

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Shezai Rrokaj – Albania

Religious Freedom in the Balkans

Prof. Dr. Hervé Legrand – France

The Background of Religious Tolerance in Albania

Prof. Dr. Ferit Duka – Albania

Religious Diversity in Albanian Society: Incentives for Understanding and Not Conflict

Prof. Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi – Albania

Intrinsic Factors of Religious Coexistence in Albania

Prof. Dr. Pëllumb Xhufi – Albania

Theoretical and Practical Reflections of Dialogue in Albanian Contexts, the Gulen Movement

M.A. Genti Kruja – Albania

Discussion

15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00-17:00 CLOSING SESSION
Illyria Ballroom

  • Prof. Dr. Admiel Kosman – Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Dhori Kule, Rector of Tirana University