True renewal is achieved by synthesizing an established, inherited set of values with the wisdom and learning of the present day. Turkish Islamic scholar, who inspired a movement of education and interfaith dialogue, M. Fethullah Gulen shares his philosophy on this complex subject in this collection of his powerful essays, Endeavor for Renewal. In this extraordinary book, he puts forth his thoughts and feelings to achieve renewal in the context of contemporary Islam.
Gulen discusses how this reconciliation is accomplished through a combination of spirituality, intellect, feeling, and willpower—utilizing the power of the spirit to its fullest, having a thorough knowledge of that which has been inherited from the past, remaining open to inspiration, rejecting blind imitation, and applying sound methodology.
He advocates serving humanity with an insatiable love of research, and an ever-evolving passion for knowledge of God—thus attaining an otherworldly profundity beyond comprehension.