Aaron Tyler is Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at St. Mary’s University. He chairs the International Relations Graduate Program at St. Mary’s University. He received his doctorate in religion, politics and society from Baylor University. His areas of interest are religion and politics, ethics and global security, conflict resolution. Tyler is the author of “Islam, the West, and Tolerance: Conceiving Coexistence”.

“I think the Hizmet Movement sees education as a critical ingredient to coexistence, as a critical ingredient to bettering our communities, in terms of well-being, whether it be in the area of health care, whether it be in the area of politics, whether it be in the area of jobs, that education really is a root requirement. Quality education is a root requirement for empowering and bettering a community, and so the Hizmet Movement, I think, has made it a priority to develop schools around the world.”

“ I think it has been very important for the Hizmet Movement to have a robust and comprehensive approach to charity. To supporting those who are suffering. And I think that really provides it a comprehensive framework as a movement, because really, quality education, in conflict zones, for instance, cannot occur if the community’s hungry.”

“I think a lot of the influence for the Hizmet Movement comes from this idea that God loves God’s creation. And to love God is to love what God created. Right? And so I think that inspires many within the Hizmet Movement to reach out and help those who are hurting.”