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Fethullah Gülen as Educator

1. Fethullah Gülen and the “Gülen Schools” The topic that I chose for this paper is that of Fethullah Gülen as an educator. I must confess at the outset that I have arrived at the topic of my talk backwards. Rather than having studied the writings of Fethullah Gülen on education and pedagogy and then […]
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Ijtihad and Tajdid by Conduct: Gulen and His Movement

Law is a socio-cultural construct and local knowledge. Thus, it can be studied by sociological methods. Since law and socio-cultural phenomena are interlinked and there is no absolute autonomy, any change in law or culture inevitably would influence the other. Thus, in a plural society the issue of legal pluralism arises where normative heterogeneity is […]
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Worldly Asceticism in Islamic Casting: Fethullah Gülen’s Inspired Piety and Activism

The road democracy is long and conflict-ridden. Although crises are inevitable in this process, nations differ with and find paths out of political deadlock. Since modern democracy is built on urban mass society, the problems of democracy often are closely connected to those of integrating an increasingly complex and diversified society. An essential part of […]
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Turkish Experience for Muslim-Christian Dialogue: A Thinker: B. S. Nursi; An Activist: M. F. Gulen

I would like to begin by congratulating the Australian Intercultural Society for organizing and holding this conference on the theme of “Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society: Common Values and Responsibilities.” This is exactly the kind of initiative that is urgently needed around the world today, as we try, through dialogue, to build communication […]
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Fethullah Gülen and His Liberal Movement

The Turkish Islamist movement of Fethullah Gülen is one of the most interesting examples of liberal Islamist thinking in the Middle East. Gülen and his followers have tried to produce a religious-political movement favoring modernism, Turkish nationalism, tolerance, and democracy without sacrificing religious precepts. The structure and philosophy of this movement and its leader have […]
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Gulen as Educator and Religious Teacher

I have come to know first the educational institutions conducted by participants of the movement led by Mr. Gülen. This has led me in turn to study his writings to discover the rationale that lies behind the educational venture that has ensued from the educational vision of Fethullah Gülen and his colleagues. At the outset, […]
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Turkish Islam’s Moderate Face

Fethullah Gülen, a foremost religious figure, has become a focus of wide public attention in Turkey. As a moderate Islamic spiritual leader whose views on Islam are surprisingly liberal, he appeared on the political scene at a moment when the Turkish government sought a counterbalance to the Islamists. Indeed, his rise to public prominence and […]
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Fethullah Gülen’s Search for a Middle Way between Modernity and Muslim Tradition

Are the constant and allegedly transcendental principles of religion compatible with ever changing human experiences? This question has been at the center of the debates about the relationship between religion and modernity, in general, Islam and modernity, in particular. The answer of many modernists has been negative. Modernization and secularization theorists had claimed that religion […]
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