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Book signing of “Between Thought and Action: An Intellectual Biography of Fethullah Gülen” with Ori Soltes
Address: 3735 Alton Parkway, Irvine CA
-This volume has two goals. One is to explore the life and the thought of Fethullah Gülen and the important educational and peace-inducing activities in which he and those inspired by him have been engaged for several decades. The outcome of those efforts―of creating schools and providing diverse social and cultural services that bring people together people from diverse backgrounds―has been to provide the face of civic and civil Islam as an antidote to the uglier side of political Islam. The second goal has been to make clear how the accusations against Mr. Gülen by the minions of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could hardly be more false: that what Gülen and the hizmet (service) movement that he has inspired are ultimately about is improving the world and saving it form its uglier inclinations. A brief discussion of his life and thought has been supplemented by the voices of more than 70 interviews conducted over several years, with individuals intimate and more distant but all inspired to be part of the process of serving humanity.-
On November 2, an engaging event unfolded with the book signing of “Between Thought and Action: An Intellectual Biography of Fethullah Gülen,” featuring Ori Soltes. The evening commenced with a reception at 6:15 pm, creating a congenial atmosphere for attendees to mingle and discuss the subject matter. As the clock struck 7 pm, Ori Soltes took the stage, delivering a talk that delved into the intricate layers of Fethullah Gülen’s intellectual journey. The event not only provided an opportunity for attendees to have their copies of the book signed but also offered valuable insights into the intellectual landscape explored in Soltes’ biography.
The gathering not only celebrated the publication but also fostered intellectual dialogue, creating a platform for attendees to engage with the author’s perspectives on Fethullah Gülen’s life and ideas. The combination of a well-timed reception and a thought-provoking talk ensured that participants not only left with signed copies but also with a deeper understanding of the intellectual nuances woven into Gülen’s biography.