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An Analysis of the Gülen Movement


Who is M. Fethullah Gülen?

The Tradition of Public Oration

The Gülen Movement, Dialogue, and Tolerance

Teachers of Wisdom, Knowledge of God, and Dialogue 

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Visitinng


Direktor of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited  

Dean of Medicine & Health Sciences

Islamic State University  JKT, 2014

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NEWS


Fethullah Gülen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

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GUESTS


Guests from Gazi University, Istanbul visited form Fethullah Gulen Chair

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GUESTS


Indonesian Businessmen guests visited

Fethullah Gulen Chair, 2014

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Seminar


Fethullah Gulen Chair organized seminar about

"Magazine Mata Air" in State Islamic University JKT, 2014 

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VISITING


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited

Dr. Nurlena Rifai

Dean of Faculty Tarbiyah UIN JKT, 2014

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VISITING


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited

Dr. Wahid Hasyim

Dean of Faculty Adab & Humanities UIN JKT, 2014

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VISITING


 Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited Media Indonesia
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discussed with delegations from them

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International Seminar


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair has participated in Seminar International abaout

"The Development of Islamic Education"

as a Speaker in Surabaya, 2014

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Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited

K.H. IR. Salahuddin Wahid dan IR. H. Abdulkadir Baraja

di Surabaya, 2014

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VISITING


We viseted Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra

(Director of Postgraduate State Islamic University Jakarta, 2014

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VISITING


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair 

Dr. Ali Unsal visited Prof. Dr. Bakhtiar Effendy

Dean of Faculty Social & Political Science,

UIN JKT, 2014

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Discussion


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited Jakarta Pos 
&
discussed with delegations from them
 

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Guests


Guests from Turkiye visited Fethullah Gulen Chair

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Discussion


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair visited 

  KOMPAS GROUP in Jakarta , 2014

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Article


The articles M. Fethullah Gulen about

 "The Prophet of Universal Mercy"

 

 

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Seminar


Director of Fethullah Gulen Chair Dr. Ali Unsal gave a speech about

'The Hizmet Model of Education'

the seminar organized by University of Islam Nusantara Bandung, 2014

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hocaefendimManuel Almeida

In the second part of this interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the Turkish Islamic scholar discusses the Arab uprisings, the Sunni–Shi’ite sectarian tensions in the region, radicalism, and conservative Islam

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Arab uprisings, which were long in the making but caught everyone by surprise, are now in their fourth year. It remains as difficult today as it was four years ago to reach conclusions about developments that have brought both hope and despair to a region in crisis. For those most sceptical of the turmoil unleashed by the toppling of a series of dictators, the revolutions that have rocked the Arab world are still at risk of being hijacked by conservative Islamic forces.

While there are moderate reasons for optimism, for example in the case of Tunisia where it all started, the war in Syria has become a human tragedy of huge proportions. The spillover of the conflict into neighboring Lebanon and Iraq, the wave of refugees, and the involvement of various regional actors are threatening to plunge the whole region into chaos. Bashar Al-Assad’s determination to hold on to power has turned Syria into the main stage of Sunni–Shi’ite sectarian tensions today, and a golden opportunity for jihadists and would-be jihadists around the world. Amid increasing radicalization, the region’s diversity is in danger and minority groups and women fear as never before about the future.

Fethullah Gülen, who has spent most of his life thinking, teaching and writing about the place of Islam in the modern world, shares his thoughts on all these matters in this second part of his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.

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hoca EfendiManuel Almeida

In the first part of this interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the Turkish Islamic scholar talks about the Hizmet movement, the Turkish government ban on private prep schools, the Hanafi school of Islam, and the relationship between Islam, politics and democracy.

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Over the last 10 years and up until the Gezi Park protests that erupted in Istanbul last May, Turkey’s democratic and mostly secular political system was hailed by many as a model for other Muslim-majority nations across the Middle East.

Much of the credit has gone to the leader and founder of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since he entered the office of prime minister in 2003, Turkey has found the stability needed to tame chronic inflation and re-establish itself as a regional economic powerhouse. The ever-looming specter of military intervention in the country’s political life under the banner of the defense of Atatürk’s secular state has been sidelined. Tangible progress has been achieved in the peace process with the Kurds. Under the guidance of a succession of very active foreign ministers, Turkey managed to push ahead important reforms with an eye on EU membership, while at the same time opening other diplomatic options in the face of the skepticism from EU member states.

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Trust and stability are fundamental to a nation’s development and to how the world perceives it. There is inherent trust in a democratic and accountable government that respects the rule of law. Turkey painstakingly built this trust over the past decade. Until recently it was seen as an example of a country that prospered while maintaining ademocratic government run by observant Muslim leaders.

No longer. A small group within the government’s executive branch is holding to ransom the entire country’s progress. The support of a broad segment of the Turkish public is now being squandered, along with the opportunity to join the EU.

Several recent actions of the Turkish government have drawn strong criticism from the EU and other western countries – among them, a law that gives the justice minister powers to appoint and discipline judges and prosecutors; a bill to curb internet freedoms; and a draft law that would give Turkey’s intelligence agency powers akin to those claimed by dictatorial regimes.

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Fethullah Gulen has been called Turkey's second most powerful man. He is also a recluse, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US.

An apparent power struggle between his followers and those around the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reached a new pitch of intensity and loathing.

Since arriving in the US in the late 1990s, Mr Gulen, 74, has not given a single broadcast interview. What rare communication there has been with the media has almost exclusively been conducted via email.

But now, the BBC has had exclusive access to the Muslim cleric. I travelled with Guney Yildiz from the BBC Turkish Service to a remote part of Pennsylvania to meet the man.

In the interview, Mr Gulen denied using his influence to start investigations into alleged corruption among senior members of Mr Erdogan's AK Party which have led to a number of police commissioners being sacked and to some of Mr Erdogan's allies being arrested.

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1. The Prime Minister has repeatedly attacked you and Hizmet in recent weeks. Do you believe that your alliance with his faction of the AKP is now definitively at an end?

If we can talk about an alliance, it was around shared values of democracy, universal human rights and freedoms — never for political parties or candidates. In 2010 constitutional referendum I said that if these democratic reforms, which are in line with European Union’s requirements for membership, were done by CHP before, I would have supported them.

A broad spectrum of Turkish people, including Hizmet participants, supported AKP for democratizing reforms, for ending the military tutelage over politics and for moving Turkey forward in the EU accession process. We have always supported what we believed to be right and in line with democratic principles. But we have also criticized what we saw as wrong and contrary to those principles.

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tufan_filipin.jpgTurkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen donated to the Kimse Yok Mu foundation $10,000 for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines.

“According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [UNOCHA], 4.3 million people have been affected by the typhoon and 330,000 people are now homeless. Ninety percent of the houses in Tacloban city have been damaged,” AFAD stated recently.

The death toll is estimated to be around 10,000 people in the Philippines with the most affected city being Tacloban.

Philippine officials have projected the death toll will climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even for the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record. Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall.

Source: Today's Zaman , November 12, 2013

Foundation International Turkish Schools Director General Malik Gencer (L) accepts an award from Philippine army chief Gen. Leonardo B. Guerrero (R) on Gülen's behalf at a ceremony in Manila on Friday. (Photo: Cihan, Merve Kırıkkanat)

The Philippine army chief has honored Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen with a special award for the charity activities and contributions to peace of the faith-based Hizmet movement.
Philippine Chief of General Staff Gen. Leonardo B. Guerrero said during a beef-sharing ceremony that the army is grateful for the important activities of the Hizmet movement with the inspiration of Gülen.

The ceremony, jointly organized by the Phillipines Chamber of Commerce, Turkish schools in the country and the General Staff, took place at First Army Command Headquarters.

More than 100 high-level Philippine commanders and a number of Turkish invitees participated in the ceremony, including Guerrero, Gendarmerie Command Civil Operations Commander Col. Arnulfo Marcelo B. Burgos, army commander Col. Ramiro Manuez A. Rey, Foundation of International Turkish Schools Director General Malik Gencer, Pacific Dialogue Philippines Foundation Chief Ferhat Kazkondu, Philippines Chamber of Industry and Trade Head İrfan Karabulut and Vendeka Information Technologies Director General Baki Kuran.

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A Rare Meeting With Reclusive Turkish Spiritual Leader Fethullah Gulen

In an exclusive interview, the head of the Gulenist movement speaks on anti-Semitism, his particular brand of Islam, and why he's been in hiding for 14 years.

Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish religious spiritual leader, some say to millions of Turks both in Turkey and around the world, and the head of the Gulenist movement. His network of followers span the globe and have opened academically-focused schools across 90 countries, including the U.S.

He is sickly and doesn't travel, yet secular Turks worry his influence in political ranks will grow Islamist influence there and turn the country into a religious state. He is well-known in Turkey and across Central Asia, yet here in the United States, he remains a mystery.

The reclusive spiritualist keeps to his home in the Poconos, attended by believers, praying, lecturing, and claiming his influence is not as wide-ranging as his critics claim it to be. He rarely gives interviews, but I was recently allowed to travel to the idyllic resort-like compound he has been living in for around 14 years and meet with Gulen for an interview. An edited transcript of his translated answers follows:

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ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID DESPAU FOR TIMENEW YORK, APRIL 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mr. Fethullah Gulen has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. TIME recognized Gulen for "preaching a message of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world." The 2013 TIME 100 includes other noted world leaders such as Pope Francis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai and President Obama. In the past, TIME has honored global leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI in their TIME 100 list.

Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate who dedicated his life to interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and reinterpreted aspects of Islamic tradition to meet the needs of contemporary Muslims. He is the inspiration behind Hizmet, a civil society initiative that advocates for the ideals of human rights, equal opportunity, democracy, non-violence and the emphatic acceptance of religious and cultural diversity. Hizmet brings to life these principles through the work of its participants in community service, intercultural dialogue and education.

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Dear guests, esteemed organizers, academics, thinkers, and honorable government authorities of Senegal,

I have gratefully received your kind invitation to the conference titled "Diversity & Cohesion in a Globalized World: Contributions of the Gülen Movement." It is with deep sorrow that I am unable to join you due to my unfavorable health conditions.

Diversity is no doubt a reality of human life, as it is an auspicious and bountiful manifestation of Divine will in the universe. Our encounter with this reality has never been as intimate as it is now, as time and space have shrunk to make us neighbors. Yet, while on the one hand we are being drawn closer to one another, on the other hand, challenges are growing far and wide, with consequences transcending political, historical, and cultural borders. This is where the main theme of your conference, i.e., cohesion, comes into play as an indispensable solution for our pandemic problems of violence, wars, prejudice, lack of character, misguided education, and weakening spirit of neighborliness.

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 Rainer Hermann interviews Fethullah Gulen - Do good and let it unfold

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 Rainer Hermann 

The Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen has been living in the United States for 13 years now. A widely branched network of followers developed also there in his name. There is no road sign indicating the exit and the dirt track. It leads you through a foggy broadleaf     forest colored in all the shades of autumn to an estate with eight houses.

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Fethullah Gülen is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gülen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash:

“Be so tolerant that your bosom becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love of human beings. Let there be no troubled souls to whom you do not offer a hand and about whom you remain unconcerned.

(Fethullah Gülen, Criteria or Lights of the Way. London: Truestar.)

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During an interview with Nuriye Akman of Zaman (6)

Topics covered in the interview include life in the United States, religious madrasas and secular schools, Fethullah Gulen's relations with the current Turkish Government, thoughts on Sharia law, the values of the Gulen movement, the place of Turkey in being a role model for other Muslim countries, women in society, Democracy and Islam...

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hocamBorn in Turkey and for some time resident in the United States of America, Fethullah Gülen is seen by the American pres as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the planet. A philosopher, theologian and preacher, he is one of the founders of a movement which is widespread in many countries and active in very various fields, from the economy to education.

Fethullah Gülen is one is one of the most influential intellectuals on the planet. A Muslim, born in Turkey, a polymath active in many areas, he was at the origin of an international movement affecting civil society, the economy, and especially education: "the greatest gift a generation can give to another."

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