In the framework of this lecture the focus is first on the philosophy of what religions teach in regard to the problem of peace in the midst of a world of opposing views. Religions in general, and Islam in particular, have as their aim living together in peace. We should judge religions by their most authentic examples rather than by their worst corruptions. Terror is the result of influences brought to bear on human nature, and cannot be attributed to a religion, just as it cannot be attributed to a nation. Terrorists of all religions may attribute their violence to their beliefs, while in fact they operate for other, human reasons. As this chapter shows, the Qur'an teaches tolerance, and condemns murder and suicide. The central point of this thesis is that, in order to overcome terrorism, we have to put forward a true and accurate understanding of religion. Only in this way can we acquire excellence. The Faculty of Divinity educates its students in the ways of peace. The students in turn carry this message throughout Turkey, which can act as a beacon for other Muslim countries.
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