Democracy

Gulen Movement, civilian governments and the AK Party

Gulen Movement, civilian governments and the AK Party

The followers of the Gulen movement tend to be pragmatic in their political choices, voting on issues, and local alliances. Religion is not the sole criterion for their support, but they will not support candidates who are openly hostile to religion and they prefer “clean” and politically untarnished candidates. Within that context, votes can go to nearly any party or candidate.…

Consultation from Gülen’s perspective: The relationship between the ruler and the ruled

Consultation from Gülen’s perspective: The relationship between the ruler and the ruled

I am in favor of solving all issues according to the collective conscience. I am one of those who hold that three minds are better than one and thus prefer the majority sentiments of my friends to my own sentiments. Therefore, let’s make the mechanism of consultation operational. Let's join our efforts together to meet and resolve the grave problems of the future and never act individually.…

Fethullah Gülen, Hizmet and State

Fethullah Gülen, Hizmet and State

Without a sound knowledge of Turkish political history, it is very difficult to understand why Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement have been very sensitive about governmental, constitutional and legal issues despite being primarily an educational and dialogue movement that endeavors to stay away from daily politics.…

Gülen movement’s engagement with political processes

Gülen movement’s engagement with political processes

The Gülen movement offers a new sociopolitical language to expand and deepen public discussion, and mobilize traditional social sectors that had hitherto been strictly marginalized. Its rival vision of society did threaten the official authoritarian Kemalist dogma. The movement posed an alternative mode of modernity; one that does not exclude religious norms and lifestyle. …

Does Gülen movement ever consider forming a political party?

Does Gülen movement ever consider forming a political party?

The claim "the Gülen Movement (Hizmet) is working to establish a political party” has been voiced by different individuals and circles time and again. The Movement is determined to spend all its potential and energy to boost peace for mankind both in Turkey and in many countries around the globe.…

Gülen movement on the freedom of press

Gülen movement on the freedom of press

In democratic societies, freedom of expression and freedom of the press are inalienable fundamental rights. This position is put forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. Being able to express marginal, radical…

Which political parties does Hizmet support?

Which political parties does Hizmet support?

Unlike political organizations, Hizmet, as a civil society movement,does not compel its participants to cast a particular vote or choose a particular party. The influence of such orders or instructions in a civil society movement is limited and, furthermore, risky.…

An analysis of Gülen’s Humanism

An analysis of Gülen’s Humanism

Heon Kim Gülen’s perception of humanism is at the heart of his thought, so much so that it serves as the reason for the existence and activities of the Gülen movement. My attempt here is to lay bare some constructional and…

Fethullah Gülen, the Gülen Movement, and Turkish Politics

Fethullah Gülen, the Gülen Movement, and Turkish Politics

James Harrington Gülen has not involved himself directly in partisan Turkish politics, although his message clearly has political ramifications. He believes in addressing issues and values through the democratic system, but not in aligning with a specific parliamentary party. He…

Is the Gülen Movement Apolitical?

Is the Gülen Movement Apolitical?

Graham E. Fuller The Gülen movement eschews politics in the belief that it leads to social divisiveness and distraction from the essential issues of values and principle. In fact, the movement opposes the creation of political parties founded on religion in general,…