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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Feb 6, 2015

Ihsan Yilmaz talked 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.

Other 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...

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...