The Spirituality of Responsibility

New book will analyse the work of Turkish preacher, Fethullah G├╝len.

Date: 14 June 2017

London Metropolitan University will be launching The Spirituality of Responsibility: Fethullah Gülen and Islamic Thought on Thursday 29 June at the Guildhall School of Business and Law, based in Moorgate.

Hosted in partnership with the Centre for Hizmet Studies, a London-based non-profit organisation that provides information, research, analysis and critique on Hizmet, the book will offer an insight into personal identity, agency and freedom in plural relationships.

Written by Simon Robinson, Professor of Ethics at Leeds Beckett University, The Spirituality of Responsibility shows how Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher and founder of the Gülen movement, was influenced by both orthodox Islam and the Sufi tradition, contribute a dynamic, holistic and interactive view of responsibility which locates personal identity, agency and freedom in plural relationships.

It also explores the practice of responsibility in Gülen's life and in the Hizmet movement which he founded. Gülen has been at the centre of many controversies, including in his Movement's relationship with the Turkish government. The book has been published by Bloomsbury publishers.

There will be a discussion at the launch chaired by Dr Simon Jones, Dean of the Guildhall School of Business and Law. Professor Simon Robinson will sit on the panel accompanied with Dr Minlib Dallh, H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

The book launch will also commemorate the launch of the Guildhall School of Business and Law’s MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability course which is due to launch September 2017.

“The field of Spiritual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has continued to grow over the last few years,” said Samuel Idowu, course leader for MSc CSR and Sustainability, which will be taught in conjunction with London Met’s award-winning sustainability team.

“The course will delve into this new area of CSR when it commences in September 2017. Professor Simon Robinson’s book, The Spirituality of Responsibility, covers this area is indeed timely for a number of reasons.

“Students would also benefit from Professor Robinson’s knowledge of the area as we would hope to invite him as a guest speaker early in the New Year to share his knowledge about this area.”

Tickets to the book launch are free but must be booked on Eventbrite.

Event details
Electra House, London Metropolitan University
84 Moorgate

Thursday 29 June
Tickets are free but must be booked on Eventbrite.