Don A. Pittman is a Professor of the History of Religions Emeritus at Phillips Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the Director of the Interreligious Understanding program for Phillips. He previously served as Dean of Phillips Theological Seminary. His interests include in the History of Religions, Buddhist Studies, Chinese Studies, and cross-cultural and interfaith studies.

“As a civil society movement, they have continued to take up the mission which Mr. Gülen has designed for them as bridge-builders, in many ways. Bridging Islam and the West, science and religion, comparative studies and dialog, and friendship with people of other faiths and traditions. So, a very positive impression of their work.”

“He is a person who is interested in politics, but not in political gain. He’s never advocated, as I understand it, a political party, but he does involve himself in addressing the issues of our time. His organizations have raised tremendous amounts of money for charity work and broad forms of social transformation, but he, himself, is not a person of wealth. So I recommend reading many of his essays, which address this combination of East and West, his interest in dialog and friendship.”

“I think that it represents Islam well in the modern world, where we are dependent so much on one another for our continued survival. The Movement has emphasized face-to-face communication and mutuality of care. Education spread throughout the world. So I think it has a tremendous role to play, in its current sphere of influence and beyond.”