Don’t Make A Mystic into a Martyr: Fethullah Gülen as Peacebuilder

Don’t Make A Mystic into a Martyr: Fethullah Gülen as Peacebuilder

My conclusion? He’s a mystic in the Sufi tradition of Islam. And like other famous mystics in history—notably Gandhi, or Rumi—from whom Gülen draws deeply, Fethullah Gülen is a peacebuilder. And history teaches us that peacebuilders are likely to be misunderstood, vilified, and targeted. It would be tragic if once again historical forces conspire to turn a mystic into a martyr.…

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Fethullah Gülen’s Dialogic Sufism: a theological framework

Sufism and its origins (by Fethullah Gulen)

Political Activism for Peaceful Coexistence in Rumi and Gulen

Rumi and Gülen’s Main Message and Acceptance of the Other

Was Gulen really “Once a close ally” of Erdogan?

Was Gulen really “Once a close ally” of Erdogan?

Taking into account their contrasting roots and development in broader perspective, contending that Gulen and Erdogan were once close allies is not reasonable and accurate. Particularly, using this clause to justify the organized cruelty and tragedy in Turkey is completely unfair. Their ideology and viewpoints generally contradict. Hostility of and distrust by the National Outlook against Gulenists persists for decades. …

Top Three Reasons Why Turkey’s President Erdogan is Obsessed with Gulen

Erdoğan and Gülen: The Marriage of Convenience

Hizmet Movement is not interested in attaining political power in Turkey or elsewhere in the world

Fethullah Gülen: A Muslim scholar, preacher and social advocate

True Nature of Gülen-Erdoğan Relationship

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Kurdish Question and the Hizmet Movement in Southeast Turkey: A Brief History

Kurdish Question and the Hizmet Movement in Southeast Turkey: A Brief History

The development of the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, in Kurdish-populated cities goes back to the late 1980s. The first Hizmet institutions were university exam prep centers (dershane) in Diyarbakir and Urfa in 1988. Hizmet’s educational initiatives were financed by local businessmen, who developed friendship ties through weekly tea conversations (sohbet). Hizmet’s charity activism is aimed at removing prejudices in both Turkish and Kurdish constituencies, and accordingly, building social trust in the long run.…

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A select biography of Fethullah Gülen

A select biography of Fethullah Gülen

Gülen pursued his secular education in positive sciences, literature, history and philosophy through informal self-education. During his military service, his commander recommended a number of major thinkers for his reading. Among the writers whose work he encountered this way were Hugo, de Balzac, Kant, Shakespeare and Einstein, and French existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Camus, as well as Marcuse’s critique of modernity and Shakespeare’s plays. With this background, he would later develop his thoughts on reconciling modernity and spirituality through Islamic values.…

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Fethullah Gülen on Jihad

Fethullah Gülen on Jihad

Basically the lesser jihad is to perform established religious duties while the greater one…

Gulen vs Erdogan – Contesting Religious Expressions

Gulen vs Erdogan – Contesting Religious Expressions

While on a shallow level they share a common religion, in his role as…

Lesser and greater jihad

Lesser and greater jihad

The lesser jihad is material. The greater jihad, however, is conducted on the spiritual…

Submission vs. Sense and Reason

Submission vs. Sense and Reason

All that we see around us when contemplating the Divine laws so evident in His creation, as well as our inner…

The Gulen Movement: An Islamic Response to Terror as a Global Challenge

The Gulen Movement: An Islamic Response to Terror as a Global Challenge

As regards tolerance and forgiveness, Gulen explains how true Muslims…

Civil Islam and Democratic Modernity in Gülen’s thought

Civil Islam and Democratic Modernity in Gülen’s thought

Throughout Gülen’s teaching, one can see an abiding concern with fostering a communitarian ethos…

Understanding the Hizmet Movement – Is Hizmet Islamist?

Understanding the Hizmet Movement – Is Hizmet Islamist?

It is on this basis that the Hizmet movement has competed directly with the…

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam from within

Muslims have a duty to address those who distort Islam from within

According to Fethullah Gülen, those who commit transgressions against the nation or religion to…

Are there any countries that do not allow Hizmet schools?

Are there any countries that do not allow Hizmet schools?

Doğu Ergil Are there any countries, which do not allow the [Hizmet] schools to…

Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footsteps of Rumi

Fethullah Gülen: Following in the Footsteps of Rumi

Thomas Michel The writings of Jalal al-Din Rumi, the thirteenth-century mystical poet and founder…

Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order?

Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order?

Doğu Ergil Can the Gülen Movement be characterized as a Sufi order? Is it…

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

Is the role of women limited to motherhood in Islam

No, it is not. The noble position of motherhood aside, our general opinion about…