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Multicultural Mosaic Foundation cordially invites you for "Dinner with Speaker Series" hosting

Dr. Nader Hashemi
, Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

How Islam is Promoting Liberal Democracy in Turkey:
Reflections on The Fethullah Gulen Movement

This lecture explores the role of Turkey's Fethullah Gulen movement in promoting democracy in Turkey.

Arguing against the assumptions of mainstream modernization and dependency theorists, and the writings of liberal political philosophers, who largely believe that religion -- especially Islam -- is an obstacle to the cultivation of liberal democracy, this talk seeks to demonstrate the contrary with a focus on the activities of the Fethullah Gülen movement in Turkey.

Specifically, it will be argued, drawing on the work of Alexis de Tocqueville, Francis Fukuyama and Robert Putnam, that religious groups and religious leaders are playing a critical, significant and enduring role in fostering social trust, civic engagement and political reconciliation in Turkey, all of which are important building blocks for the consolidation of democracy in societies with deep ideological cleavages.  This is a unique phenomenon that has few parallels in the rest of the Muslim world and provides a potential model for other Muslim societies to study and to emulate.  Precisely how the Gulen movement is contributing to this development and why it bodes well for the long term prospects of political development in Turkey will be examined in this lecture.

Upcoming events: 

October 3rd, 2009:
Dinner with Speaker Series:
Dr. Nader Hashemi, University of Denver

October 29th, 2009:
Dialogue and Friendship Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Thomas Michel S.J., Georgetown University

November 21st, 2009:
Dinner with Speaker Series:
Representative John Kefalas, Colorado House District 52

December 12th, 2009:
Dinner with Speaker Series:
Dr. Muhammed Cetin

We hope that you can join us for this evening of learning, good food, and new friends. Please RSVP by September 30th to (303) 743-7281 or by e-mail at rsvp@mosaicfoundation.org.
Date: Saturday, October 3rd 2009
Time: 5.45pm Reception
Venue: Multicultural Mosaic Foundation 2600 S. Parker Rd. Building 2 Suite 100, Aurora, CO 80014

Multicultural Mosaic Foundation - www.mosaicfoundation.org - 303 743 7281
Established in June 2003, Multicultural Mosaic Foundation (MMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to help cultivate moral and cultural values in our society by promoting tolerance and dialogue. We believe that: As a community, diversity is our strength. We have a great deal to learn from one another, which can enrich ourselves without undermining our own identities. Together, listening and responding with openness and respect, we can move forward to work in ways that acknowledge genuine differences but build on shared hopes and values. Multicultural Mosaic Foundation (MMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our community through social, cultural and educational activities to: Encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural values considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. Contribute to establishment and furtherance of cross-cultural tolerance and dialogue in the community. Work on attaining peace and helping bring about the long awaited cooperation of the world civilizations by working together.