Prof. Helen Rose Ebaugh is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. She served as the president of the National Association for the Sociology of Religion. In 2009, she published a book on the Gulen Movement. Ebaugh is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
“I think that one of the biggest contributions that the Hizmet Movement is making in the world is through their educational institutions, especially their schools at the grammar and higher levels. For various reasons. One, students from various groups in the community are attending these schools. They’re getting to know one another personally. And I think this kind of personal contact, in getting to know one another, is the absolute best method for interfaith dialog.”
“I would like to say, I guess, that this is a Movement that has a lot of lessons to offer. Especially in today’s world. And I think that it’s important to learn about the Movement. To learn about its origins, to learn about its immigration around the world. I think that there’s much in the spirit of the Movement that can contribute to people’s own lives. To see these dedicated people, many of them very professionally educated and capable, who are operating out of a deeply spiritual framework.”
“And I think the Hizmet Movement is really a very moderate voice in the world, in terms of Islam, and we just need more of that. So I would say anything that would promote the visibility of the Movement, and that’s what I do the kind of lecturing I do, and I was interviewed for the Love is a Verb film, and I think those kind of opportunities for people to learn about the Movement are very, very valuable.”