Conversations on Life, Knowledge, and Belief
Sipping from The Fountain of Hizmet
November 4-10, 2013 / Istanbul, Turkey

The Fountain organized a three-day conference in Istanbul featuring scholars and academics from diverse disciplines to convene and discuss some philosophical themes The Fountain covers. Aspiring to be a platform for peaceful exchange of ideas, invigorating discussions on the big questions of life, and to generate more of those questions, The Fountain invited 12 international speakers and a dozen intellectuals from within Turkey to participate in this conference. The Fountain, now distributed and read worldwide, has its origins in Turkey which started as an offshoot of global initiatives by renowned Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet Movement that grew out of his inspiring ideas.

The themes that were covered in this conference were as follows:

* Fethullah Gülen and The Fountain Worldview
* Cross-cultural Dialogue, Media, Pluralism, Spirituality
* Scientific Thought, Faith, and Philosophy


Abdullah Aymaz, Zaman Afreen Siddiqi, MIT Ali Unal, Kaynak
Barbara Wettstein
Elena Biagi, University of Milan Erkan Kurt, Celal Bayar University
Howard Wettstein, University of California Journalists and Writers Foundation Justin Pahl, The Fountain
Kerim Balcı, Turkish Review Larry Seidman 02 Larry Seidman
Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth University Nazir Uddin Khaja, American Muslim Council Ozgur Koca, Claremont School of Theology
Russell Powell, Seattle University Samuel D. Henry, Portland State University Sophia Pandya, California State University 2
Umit Goker, Journalists and Writers Foundation Yusuf Alan, Tughra Books Zaman S. Stanizai, Pacifica Graduate Institute