MEVLANA’S CONCEPTION OF HUMAN BEING AND SOCIETY, AND ITS RELEVANCE FOR SOCIAL WORK
 
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Publication date: 2018-07-12
 
Economic and Regional Studies 2009;3(1)
 
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While we, as the children of the twenty first century, witness an atrophying conscious of empathy for others in an age of cruel experiences all over the world, what we urgently need is the all encompassing universal values of humanity for peace. This paper addresses the implications of Mevlana’s thought, one of the greatest thinkers of history, for social work practice which has been criticized for almost two decades on the grounds that it has traditionally been based on the values of the Enlightenment that brought about a strictly modernist practice which excluded the values and subjectivity of the client disregarding her/him as an “actor”. This paper also celebrates the 800th anniversary of his birth, which UNESCO decided to be associated with during the year 2007.
 
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