2. Sufism as a Working Spirit in Globalization and Pluralism: The Case of the Hizmet Movement, a Turkey-oriented Global Islamic Network
Heon C. Kim [+]
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Heon C. Kim is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also taught Humanities Seminar courses in Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, Philadelphia. As a teacher-scholar, Kim specializes in Comparative Religions, Interreligious Dialogue, and Religion and Spirituality. He has pursued a strong cross-cultural academic career in South Korea, Egypt, Turkey and the USA. Kim received his doctorate from the Department of Religion, Temple University, with a distinction award by his dissertation committee’s unanimous vote. He received his B.A. in Arabic Language from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea. He subsequently studied Arabic and Islamic theology for several years at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. His academic career continued at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, where he obtained an M.A. degree in Islamic Philosophy. Kim authored Din Değiştirmenin Entellectual Arka Planı [Intellectual Background of Religious Conversion] in Turkish, and edited two volumes, A Just World: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Social Justice in 2013, and Making Peace In and With the World: The Role of the Gülen Movement in the Task of Eco Justice in 2012. Often invited to speak at national conferences, since 2010, Kim has served as a manuscript reviewer of Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Kim is the founder and chair of the section “Interreligious and Interfaith Studies,” and a co-chair of the section “Religion, Conflict and Peace,” for American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference. He currently serves as the president of the PASSHE Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies.