Fethullah Gulen’s Maxim: Live So That Others May Live

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By Emre Celik The above may in fact actually summarize the life meaning for those who participate in the Hizmet (aka Gulen Movement). This is one of the most fundamental values Fethullah Gulen, preacher emeritus based in Pennsylvania and the figurehead of the Hizmet movement, who has played a role and helped mould the life direction of millions of Hizmet participants […]

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Islamic scholar Gülen rebukes ISIL for ‘brutal atrocities’

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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned a campaign of violence undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sending his condolences to its victims as well, including a slain American journalist. In a statement on Thursday released by the Alliance for Shared Values, an umbrella body of institutions linked to […]

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Self-criticism by the Hizmet movement

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  By Ihsan Yilmaz Some critics of the Hizmet movement argue that Hizmet never engages in self-criticism. That is not true. Let me explain why. First of all, Hizmet is composed of volunteers who are heterogeneous in terms of religiosity, ideology, lifestyle, occupation, degree of involvement in Hizmet activities and so on. Second, since Hizmet is […]

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Yes, Love Is a Verb!

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By Arzu Kaya Uranli.  “This is the story of a man…a Turkish Muslim…a scholar… a preacher… and the global movement of social activists he inspires…In 2013, Time Magazine named him one of the most influential leaders in the world…Because of his influence…at risk children are now being educated in hundreds of countries…The sick are being treated…..and the […]

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Hate discourse directed against Hizmet movement

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By Diren Çakmak* Amid fresh discussions on whether the 1915 incidents constitute a crime of genocide, I invite all to reread an article by Lawyer Orhan Erdemli recently published in Today’s Zaman, “Is Hizmet being subjected to genocide?” Would those hearts and consciences carefully trying to rebuild bridges that were destroyed between Muslims and non-Muslims of the […]

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Toward a security state

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By Mustafa Erdogan* The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has taken a huge step toward making the state stronger by adopting a bill that restructured the national intelligence agency.With this move, we are about to become a security and intelligence-oriented state, thanks to the AKP. Imagine, we now have a law that creates an […]

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Review of Dogan Koc’s Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gulen: English vs. Turkish

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A domestic political scandal that erupted in Turkey in mid-December (2013) has once again put the country in the global headlines. This time, unfortunately, the news is rather grim. The corruption allegations and controversies over so-called “parallel structures” have not only called into question Turkey’s international prestige but also triggered arguably the largest internal social […]

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Hizmet in Context: Societal Islam versus Political Islam

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Sabine Dreher* The movement discussed here is according to Ebaugh (2010) a civic movement rooted in Islam that is independent from the state. Others see it simply as a faith- based movement (Esposito and Yilmaz 2010). Agai (2004) describes it as an education network and Hendrick (2009) as a global pressure group to promote Turkish interests. The […]

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Where does Gülen stand on: democracy, human rights, and minorities?

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By Zeki Saritoprak Fethullah Gülen recognizes democracy as the only viable political system of governance. He denounces turning religion into a political ideology, while encouraging all citizens to take an informed and responsible part in political life of their country. He stresses the flexibilities in the Islamic principles relating to governance and their compatibility with […]

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AK Party-Hizmet clash a blessing for world Muslims

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By Doğa Sacit* The fierce clash going on between Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), headed by the once-globally revered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Hizmet movement, inspired by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, is a blessing in disguise for any Muslim living both inside and outside of Turkey today. In fact, […]

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