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When I was in Turkey

Starting from the last decade, prominent community leaders from the United States were introduced the historical, natural and cultural beauties of Turkey; that way, a new platform for intercultural dialogue was created. People from both sides came together for an information exchange and to share their thoughts on different topics to reach a better understanding of the other party’s views; thus, getting rid of their prejudices.Turkey trips played an important role in facilitating dialogue and breaking the tension between the United States and the Muslim majority nations in the wake of anti- Americanism which is triggered after the Afghan and Iraq wars. They also created opportunities for both sides to hear the other sides’ stories first hand.This section of the web- site consists of the participants’ impressions of those trips. This aspect of the site serve as a reference as it tells the stories of Americans who have experienced the cultural exchange opportunities in Turkey. Stories in this section were published without any change or censor, so they reflect only the views of the writers, not our web-site or the hosts’ of the Rumi Forum’s trips in Turkey. As you travel through the interviews, you will find an opportunity to visit Turkey without taking the journey, and if you have visited Turkey before, watching those would be a good opportunity to refresh your memory.

Deborah Reichmann

istanbul

“My name is Debbie Reichmann and I am from, I currently live in Potomac, Maryland and I am from Georgetown University. As everyone has been speaking, I have become more and more nervous as to how I can add to ...

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Leo D. Lefebure

bosphorus

I had never visited Turkey prior to my trip with the Rumi Forum. To prepare myself before the trip, I read a history, “Istanbul: The Imperial City,” and a history of the Ottoman Empire. From these books I learned a ...

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Trudy Conway

Trudy Conway

I greatly appreciated participating in the Rumi Forum Turkey trip in May 2007. A number of years ago, I visited Turkey to present a paper at the World Congress of Philosophy in Istanbul and participated in a seminar in Turkey ...

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Ibrahim Arafat

In May 2007, I received an invitation from the Rumi Forum, to spend one week in Turkey between the 7th and 14th of August. Within one week I acquired new solid friendships with a number of respected colleagues who came ...

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Sally Ann Baynard

On a quiet June morning in 2005, a small group of Americans watched the sun rise over the Bosphorus, waiting to go to the airport, and home. We had come with different levels of knowledge about Turkey and Turkish Islam. ...

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Yvette Moy

Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. – Rumi My pilgrimage to Turkey continues my ...

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Linda Kirchner

Linda Kirchner

Each life is like a tapestry made through the handiwork of the Divine. No matter the color, creed, faith or station in life, the Master Creator has woven each life with colors, hues and patterns unique to that individual. Into ...

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Erik Weingardt

Erik Weingardt

I was invited to attend a wonderful opportunity from the Rumi Forum. I was part of a small group of US ambassadors and communicators that were traveling together to experience Turkey unlike most people are able to experience from just ...

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Patrick O’Connell

Patrick O'Connell

In May of 2006, I packed my bags for a journey of a lifetime… a trip to the exotic and ancient land of Turkey as a guest of the Rumi Forum. I had my reservations about taking this trip. For ...

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Charlotte Daniel

Turkey was a place Don and I had always wanted to visit. The history and beauty of the country fascinated us. I had gotten to know a number of Turks while I was teaching English as a foreign language at ...

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