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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. The Forum contributes to this ultimate aim by means of conferences, panel discussions, community engagement, luncheons, publications and other activities. In particular the forum has an interest in issues regarding pluralism, peace building and conflict resolution, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social harmony and justice, civil rights and community cohesion.

Feb 6, 2015

Ihsan Yilmaz will talk about challenges to civil society, press freedom, freedom of speech and pluralistic democracy in the aftermath of the August presidential elections on Thursday, September 4,2014.

outzen-ihsan-yilmaz-turkey-challenges-human-rights-hate-speech-gulen-democracy-pluralism-civil-society-rumi-is-peaceOther domestic issues such as the Kurdish issue and abuses of power against the individuals and civil society will be...


Feb 4, 2015

Rainer Hermann, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, begins his talk with a contextualization of what Turkey is now and how it came to be that way. At the fall of ‘old Turkey’ there was a void, with several different types of political groups vying for power. In the end however only republicanism was left...


Feb 2, 2015

The political trial of Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Turkish religious scholar and leader, at the turn of the 21st Century, helped greatly to expand civil liberties and strengthen democracy in Turkey. The trial began in 2000 in an Ankara state security court (now disbanded) and ended in 2008 in an appeals court...