Dr. Reid B. Locklin is an associate professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto where has been teaching since 2004. His research focuses on a range of issues in Comparative Theology and Hindu-Christian Studies and he teaches courses in Catholicism and Comparative Theology. He received his PhD in Theology from Boston College in 2003.
“… I think that the first contribution is to say that religion will, can and will, be a force for building the common good. ..”
“…. I think the other big contribution is to say that the foundation of harmony is friendship. And so you try to create contexts in which persons who are different meet socially, and can become friends. And that’s maybe most dramatically symbolized by the various trips to Turkey, in which people from many different places have a chance to visit Turkey and meet lots of different people in an informal, friendly setting. ”
“… I think that the wisdom of the presentation of Islam by the Hizmet Movement is to recognize that Islam is not monolithic. That Islam is diverse. There are many different expressions of Islam, including in Turkey. And so I think that the Hizmet Movement has said, “we’re ambassadors. We’re ambassadors of a particular lens on Islam.” A particular understanding of Islam that, as much mystical as it is Muslim. That’s as much Turkish as it is Muslim. That’s as much committed to a certain vision of a civic society as it is Muslim.”