Are there any grounds on which the Gülen Movement can be described as a sect?

Fethullah GülenNo, the Gülen Movement does not fit any of the criteria which are used to identify sects or cults. The Gülen Movement has never attempted to form a distinct unit within Islam. It is not a distinct unit within the broader Muslim community by virtue of certain refinements or distinctions of belief or practice. It is not a small faction or dissenting clique aggregated around a common interest, peculiar beliefs or unattainable dreams or utopia.

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