A Universal Islamic Phenomenon in Turkish Religious Practice: the Fethullah Gulen Case

Camps in Hizmet Gulen Movement Tradition

Nov 20 ’15

Camps in the Hizmet-Gulen Movement Tradition

The Gülen community, despite its relative youth, has developed a rich array of symbolic self-understandings and representations. This development of shared symbols and memories creates a sense of unity and collective identification beyond the interests and experiences of individual members.

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Gulen movement local organizational structure

Nov 15 ’15

Operation and Structure of the Local Circles within Gülen Movement

Local circles are typically organized in two ways: (l) according to location and neighborhoods; and (2) according to education and jobs. For example, doctors in the same general area will meet together as will dentists, lawyers, accountants, teachers, factory workers, etc. In small meetings, participants talk about a variety of things, including religion, technical work, family and any aspect of life that is raised by members.

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Sep 20 ’14

Do people take part in the Gulen movement or are they recruited by it?

The significance of the Gulen Movement that has attracted the most scholarly attention is its development of certain networks that transcend national boundaries. More critical than its global presence as an institution is the Movement’s capacity to recognise local actors in extra-national contexts. The Movement is not chary of expanding its societal basis. Rather, it sees enlargement as a major networking strategy. ‘Recruitment’ is not the adequate term for characterising the link between a social movement and people, for participation in such a movement takes place in various ways.

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hizmet in netherlands

Jun 3 ’14

Gulen Movement Practice in the Netherlands

The development of the Gulen movement, or Hizmet (service), as its followers prefer to call it, in the Netherlands reflects the evolution of the Turkish community in general. Initially this largely consisted of single men who were recruited as workers in low-wage sectors of the Dutch economy.

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The Gülen Movement arose among pious men and women who wanted a modern interpretation of religion

Nov 25 ’13

Why are Fethullah Gülen’s teachings attractive to followers?

The Gülen Movement arose among pious men and women who wanted a modern interpretation of religion. In the dynamics of the transformation of the movement, the social milieu also played an important role. The movement became a spiritual refuge for those who searched for an interpretation where Islam was in harmony with modernity. The followers of the Gülen Movement do not describe themselves as a political movement.

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May 18 ’12

How does Gülen Movement achieve cohesion despite its decentralized and non-authoritarian structure?

Muhammed Cetin Participation in services takes relatively stable, enduring forms. Individuals come and go and replace one another but the projects remain and continue. Individual needs and collective goals are not mutually exclusive; they are one and the same thing, and in daily life coincide and interweave closely with the action of the Gülen Movement. […]

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