"In this volume, twelve contributors examine Fethullah Gülen, one of Turkey's most influential Islamic thinkers, and his religious movement."—Journal of Church and State
In the first book of its kind, M. Hakan Yavuz and John L. Esposito explore recent reformations of Islam and culture in Turkey and the successful Islamist modernist Fethullah Gülen movement. As one of the most significant religious movements to emerge in Turkey in the past fifty years, the Gülen movement combines a devotion to Islam with love for modern learning. especially modern science. This groundbreaking work focuses on and explains the nexus of complex historical and political developments that have contributed to the transformation of Islam in Tukey and to the movement’s sphere of influence stretching into the Balkans and central Asia through the establishment of schools outside Turkey.
The book cogently traces the origin of Gülen’s ideology and his early efforts to propagate his views through educational activities. It details the various strategies employed by Gülen’s followers to put his ideas into practice, both in Turkey and around the world. Contributors describe its intellectual and religious formation, its spread across Turkey and Central Asia, and its influence on citizens outside the movement, including leading Turkish politicians.
About the Author
M. Hakun Yavuz is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah. He is the author of Islamic Political Identity in Turkey.
John L. Esposito is the founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian understanding and professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Services. He is the author of Islam and Politics, Fourth Edition, and Women in Muslim Family Law, Second Edition, both published by Syracuse University Press.
Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
6 x 9, 316 pages