No. Fethullah Gülen is not merely pretending to reject Islamist ideology. He has clarified publicly in print and broadcast media that he and...|
This paper examines the “glocalization” process of the implementation of the Turkish-based Gülen Educational Model within Indonesian society. We seek to answer the...|
Beyond Post-Islamism: A Critical Analysis of the Turkish Islamism’s Transformation toward Fethullah Gülen’s Stateless Cosmopolitan Islam
With the increasing international prominence of Turkey and its successful and internationally respected AK Party government of former Islamists, the Academia's attention has...|
If the Gülen Movement relies on and develops professional expertise, what exactly is Gülen’s contribution to its work?
In service-projects, there are people skilled in more mundane tasks of organizing and there are people more skilled in analyzing and expressing needs...
If it is not concerned with economic and political matters, what does the Gülen Movement concern itself with?
The Gülen Movement is concerned with cultural values and beliefs. In its service projects it incorporates innovations in its established repertoires of action,...|
The Gülen Movement as collective actor does not draw back into itself or break off relations with social partners in the wider public....|
Is the worldview or collective action of the Gülen Movement an isolationist withdrawal into a pure community-based structure?
A sect creates ideological and existential separations, divisions and ruptures that cannot be overcome. Its identity politics and appeal tend to cover up or...
How does Fethullah Gülen prioritize the democratization, industrialization and economic development of Turkey?
Fethullah Gülen argues that through the democratization of Turkey it is possible to keep together industrialization, economic development and...|
If it is not through gaining control of the System or government, how does the Gülen Movement influence society?
The established social practice of the Gülen Movement focuses on the role and needs of the individual. It emphasizes individual needs for self-reflexivity...
Are there likely to be any future conflicts over power, resource distribution or succession in the Gülen Movement?
Since people in the Gülen Movement generally avoid seeking positions of power, and participants consciously avoid giving any power to people who seek...
Social Revitalization through Promotion of Education: Socio-Historical Analysis of Islamic Education and Muslim Society in Pre-Modern Islamic World
1. Introduction: The Function of Education and Socio-Historical Perspective For students in higher learning, or even school-age children in compulsory course, education may...
Communication and interaction is free-flowing among individuals, networks and SMOs within the Gülen Movement. Collective judgment, sensitivity and legality...|
The activities of the Gülen Movement take place within the confines and rules of the political system as it...|
Are the education services purely altruistic or does the Gülen Movement have other political and material objectives too?
Fethullah Gülen’s understanding of duty, to serve humanity especially in the field of education, permits no expectation of material or political gain. Sincerity...|
No. In 1971, Gülen left his post and Kestanepazarı Hall but retained his status as a state-authorized preacher. He began setting up more...|
If people can enter and exit at will, how is the question of the “free-rider” handled in the Gülen Movement?
“Free-riders” in a social movement are those who do not get actively involved if they think that it is...|
Is the Gülen Movement’s contribution to society and democracy recognized by all social actors in Turkey?
Its contribution is recognized by most, but not all social actors in Turkey.|
The cohesiveness of the group, in contradistinction to cults, does not derive from belonging to it. Belonging is not for its own sake;...|
Fethullah Gülen calls for democratization, freedom, equity, justice, and human rights and the rule of law as the main basis for the regulation...|
By prioritizing knowledge and education rather than party politics or partisanship the Gülen Movement enables people to make better use of their resources,...|
Although he was not himself involved in any political movements, as a teacher and preacher Fethullah Gülen engaged actively with individuals embedded in...|
The Gülen Movement has significant effects on society so is it not conducting political action, even if it is not party political?
No. Political action and community service are different. Political groups with different political outlooks, worldviews and goals, work for their distinction, separateness and...|
No, the Gülen Movement has never allied itself with any established political party. This independence has secured it a certain measure of success....|
He was the most important Islamic thinker of the Republican era. Nursi was an Islamic modernist whose writings mapped out an accommodation between...|
The Gülen Movement has learned to distinguish itself from the environment without leading to isolation from it or conflict....|
Fethullah Gülen encourages non-confrontational, non-conflictual efforts to serve one’s community, nation or the whole world. He asks people to persevere without modification in...
The managerially distinct networks communicate their experiences with each other and the with the wider public that they serve. Information, know-how, and patterns...|
While the cry for democratic values, human rights and intercultural dialogue is frequently heard, the global threat of war, terrorism, the increased gap...|
Probably the most common modern understanding of democracy sees it as indirect democracy or representative democracy, in which the people elect government officials...|
Today I want to discuss what, in my opinion, is one of the most interesting phenomena occurring today in the world of education....|
ABSTRACT Fethullah Gülen is an innovative Islamic scholar and educator who encouraged education as the path to building a peaceful future. In light of...|
1. The Case of Mrs. A
It was almost 20 years ago when I had, for the first time, experienced problems with which a...|
Education stands for Character(Pestalozzi) “The only thing in the world not for sale is character.”( Justice Antonin Scalia) The Crown and glory of life is...|
Introduction Travel has an important place within Islamic faith and tradition with regards to connecting with the divine. One of the five pillars of...|
In the history of philosophy, we can clearly see that the new dimension of world civilization has begun with the fundamental transformation of...|
Our world has become a global village, where people are more interconnected than ever. Technological progress continues at an amazing speed. The emergence...|
Encounter with Gülen
In 1966 when we met Fethullah Gülen, he was teaching the traditional and classic Islamic sciences as an official Imam of...|
Until the 1970s the historians of the Middle East focused on "either the religious, legal, philosophical, and literary texts of Islamic high culture...|