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.…

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

Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: From a Strategy to an Action Plan

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

[Erdogan] has called Hizmet a state within a state, which to me is a strange characterization. To me, that’s like saying that the Catholics are a state within a state in America, or the Jews, a state within a state in America. Those kinds of statements are derogatory, they’re pejoratives. Catholics have a right to seek influence in America; Jews have a right to seek influence in America, that’s how we operate here.…

True Nature of Gülen-Erdoğan Relationship

Interview with Fethullah Gülen on the coup, his relationship with Erdoğan

Gulen vs Erdogan – Contesting Religious Expressions

There has never been a sincere alliance between the Gulen Movement and Erdogan

Gazi Warrior Vs. Sufi Mystic: Turkey’s Erdogan-Gulen Breakup

Does Gulen see human rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country and nation”?

Does Gulen see human rights as a “Western conspiracy” used to divide “our country and nation”?

While citing examples from the implementations of Islamic injunc­tions in the past, which are in conformity with the modern-day understanding of human rights, Gülen says that the violation of people’s rights is unethical and sinful. Furthermore, on the topic of "rights," he does not simply refer to human rights, but believes that all the living beings have rights of their own.…

True Life and True Humanity

Human beings and their nature (by Fethullah Gulen)

“The Characteristics of a Believer” by Fethullah Gulen

Solving the Paradox: How to be a Balanced Muslim

An analysis of Gülen’s Humanism

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Fethullah Gulen’s educational philosophy as a core value of the Hizmet movement

Fethullah Gulen’s educational philosophy as a core value of the Hizmet movement

In many parts of the world, the quality of education provided by Gulen schools is relatively high, especially in the field of physical sciences where high technology laboratories and computer rooms are provided. Perhaps shedding more light on the educational philosophy of Gulen is appropriate here. There has not been one particular ideology promoted within the Gulen educational philosophy.…

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Gulen Movement And Transparency

Gulen Movement And Transparency

The transparency of the Hizmet or Gülen Movement has long been a theme of various critics – writers, intellectuals and politicians. In the context of Turkey where secularism is deployed as a means to control religion rather than to separate it from politics, it is not hard to understand why this theme has been so popular.…

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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…

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…

Sufi influences in Gülen’s early life

Sufi influences in Gülen’s early life

Gülen is primarily a scholar, who, while far from establishing a Sufi order, aims to revive and combine the activism of…

Women in Islam: Fethullah Gülen’s Perspective

Women in Islam: Fethullah Gülen’s Perspective

M. Sait Yavuz The intellectual debates in Turkey on the status of women in Islam have not been…

Fethullah Gülen’s sufi solution to tolerance and interfaith dialogue

Fethullah Gülen’s sufi solution to tolerance and interfaith dialogue

Lester R. Kurtz Born into an Anatolian village family of…

Fethullah Gulen: Islamic world does not really exist, Islam is not understood properly

Fethullah Gulen: Islamic world does not really exist, Islam is not understood properly

Leonid R. Sykiainen In a number of his publications Fethullah Gülen analyses…