|Participants of the international conference on |
the Hizmet movement at National Taiwan University
in Taipei, Taiwan. (Wang Chien-yu, The China Post
/Hamza Toprak, Special to The China Post)
As a leading faith-inspired movement in contemporary Turkey, with a global educational and interfaith impact, the movement supports the peaceful coexistence of Muslim and other communities in a secular context.
Islam and Confucianism
“The core value and approaches of the Hizmet movement and those of Confucianism are mutually complementary to each other,” said professor Wang Dingshu of National Chengchi University. Other scholars asserted that the movement had a positive impact in the world. According to conference papers, the movement has opened more than 1,000 schools, dozens of universities, and cultural and dialogue centers as well as businessmen associations and humanity aid campaigns. The movement operates in over 140 countries.
Osman Cubuk, a lecturer from the NTU said: “there is a dialogical relationship between Gulen's thought and East Asian religious culture in terms of humanism.”
The Hizmet Movement in Taiwan
In Taiwan, the Hizmet movement set up a junior high school in Kaohsiung in 2006. The Anatolia Formosa Association Women's League holds cooking classes for Taiwanese of different faiths, and the Taipei-based Formosa Institute regularly invites local community members to academic lectures and trips to Turkey.
In Taiwan there aren't violent clashes among people of different religions, but there is still distance between them,” said Nabil C.K. Lin, chairman of the Taiwan Association of Islamic Studies.
Lin also coordinated the weekend conference, in cooperation with the Formosa Institute.
“Taiwan needs peaceful dialogue. Why? Because if we don't get to know others, there will continue to be prejudice,” said Lin.
Published on The China Post, 10 December 2012, Monday