Turkey is entering a period of reflection, just as ancient China during the period from 770-221 B.C., when Confucianism matured, and the Hizmet (service) movement plays an important role, Wang Ding-shu, a Russian studies professor at National Chengchi University, told CNA.
Wang said the period in China was marked by social unrest, and Confucius reached the conclusion that only a harmonious society can resolve its problems. Gulen stresses love, tolerance, peace and dialogue, which is similar to the Confucian concept of faithfulness, magnanimity and the creation of a society with great harmony, Wang added.
Meanwhile, Lin Chin-ming, an assistant professor in Asian Studies at Tamkang University, said Turkey is playing "an increasingly important role" in the Islamic world in recent years as a medium between Muslims and non-Muslims. He said he believes the country is in the position to become the moderator and dispute resolver in the Islamic world.
Published on Taiwan News, 06 December 2012, Thursday