Ozcan Keles

Academic and Chairperson, Dialogue Society

Biography

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 till 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex since 2015. Ozcan is also a member of the the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002. Academic interests include: human rights, freedom of religion or belief, social movements, Islamic social movements, British Islam, the Hizmet movementTurkey, violent extremism claiming an Islamic justification, dialogue, dialogue studies.

Activities

Questions we dare not ask: Gülen and the coup

Commentary
Introduction Gareth Jenkins once criticised Turkey’s infamous Ergenekon indictments on the grounds that they were “products of ‘projective’ rather than deductive reasoning, working backwards...   Read More

Lessons from the UK’s Chilcot Report for Turkey’s post-coup response

Commentary
On September 24, 2002, the UK government published a fifty page dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction which was discussed in Parliament on...   Read More

Report Launch in Leicester: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Event
Centre for Hizmet Studies is pleased to launch its latest report, ‘a Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’, which set out an alternative...   Read More

Report Launch: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Event
Centre for Hizmet Studies is pleased to launch its latest report, ‘a Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’, which set out an alternative...   Read More

Fethullah Gülen on Acts of Terrorism – in light of Paris and Beirut

Commentary
Once again terrorists have struck out at innocent people in Paris and Beirut. To add insult to injury, as if that were possible at...   Read More

A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Publications
This is the second publication in the ‘thought and practice’ series, the first being ‘Gulen on Dialogue’. The series aims both to contribute to...   Read More

Hizmet, Gaza and the 14-year-old boy

Commentary
I cannot say “I feel,” as feeling is required, but neither can I deny my God-given nature of being deeply moved by the suffering,...   Read More

Tamsil: The inadvertent overspill of internalization

Commentary
I was once the warden of a student hostel at which my younger brother was also a resident. One evening he asked my permission...   Read More

The Pigeon, The Finger, and Hizmet’s ‘Inevitable Ambiguity’

Commentary
Like ‘beauty’, ambiguity can be in the eye of the beholder. While there are Hizmet-related reasons for some of Hizmet’s ambiguity, there are even...   Read More

Fethullah Gulen comments on Gulenophobia

Commentary
Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic scholar and peace activist, commented on an ever-growing systematic defamation campaign against him and the movement he inspires in...   Read More

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