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Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Gulen Movement / Edition 1

Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Gulen Movement / Edition 1

by M. Hakan Yavuz, John Esposito


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Works from the first conference on the Fethullah Gülen movement in Turkey.

This book examines recent reformations of Islam and culture in Turkey and the successful Islamic modernist Fethullah Gülen movement. Combining a devotion to Islam with love for modern learning, especially modern science, the Fethullah Gülen movement has gained a substantial following in Turkey over the past twenty years, and since 1991 has achieved great influence in Central Asia through the establishment of schools. Contributors explore the origins and establishment of the Gülen movement, its intellectual and religious formation, its spread across Turkey and Central Asia, and its influence on citizens outside the movement, including on leading Turkish politicians.


  • "Islam in the Public Sphere: The Case of the Nur Movement," M. Hakan Yavuz
  • "The Gülen Movement: The Turkish Puritans," M. Hakan Yavuz
  • "The Gülen Movement's Islamic Ethic of Education," Bekim Agai
  • "Fethullah Gülen as Educator," Thomas Michel "Following in the Footsteps of Fethullah Gülen: Three Women Teachers Tell Their Stories," Elisabeth Özdalga
  • "Fethullah Gülen's Search for a Middle Way Between Modernity and Muslim Tradition," Ahmet Kuru
  • "Diaspora and Stability: Constitutive Elements in a Body of Knowledge," Yasin Aktay
  • "Fethullah Gülen: A Sufi in His Own Way," Zeki Sar Toprak
  • "The Making of Enemy and Friend: Fethullah Gülen's National Security Identity," Hasan Kösebalaban
  • "National Loyalties and International Undertakings: The Case of the Gülen Community in Kazakistan," Berna Turam
  • "Ijtihad and Tajdid by Conduct: The Gülen Movement," Ihsan Yilmaz

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815630401
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

M. Hakan Yavuz is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah.

John L. Esposito is the founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and professor of religion and international affairs and Islamic studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of Islam and Politics, Fourth Edition, and Women in Muslim Family Law, Second Edition, also published by Syracuse University Press.

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