Dr. Tamara Albertini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii. Her research fields are the Renaissance and Islamic Philosophy. Dr. Albertini received her Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and has taught at several universities like UCLA, the University of Zurich, and Ludwig Maximilians Universitat. She speaks eight languages fluently, including English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and Arabic.

” People always think Hizmet is an organization, with memberships and dues and lists. I don’t think that is the case. My understanding is that it’s really about local networking, people just getting together for a project. And I’ve seen many of the results of those ideas, that just started off, probably, with a little discussion around a cup of tea or a cup of coffee.”

” For a young organization like Hizmet to understand so early that it has to adapt to whatever new settings, you know, projects that are being built, that is extraordinary. I’m not sure that there are a lot of other organizations that can say that to their credit.”

” … every society ends up modernizing and changing, and so maybe Hizmet is really trying to give the Islamic world a new model. It is Western-inspired to a certain extent, but it’s not, you know, it’s not inspired in such a way that it looks like an import. That would make it fail. So I think there is, there are healthy ingredients of both worlds, Islamic and Western.”

“Persian philosopher Al-Ghazali speaks of the Tree of Knowledge, and he says the fruits of that tree are the actions. There is no knowledge without good actions. And I think that is very well exemplified in the Hizmet Movement.”