Seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya intensifies concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system

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The seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya has intensified concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system, with opposition lawmakers and banking experts warning that the move dealt a blow to the autonomy of financial institutions that helped Turkey recover from a financial crisis in 2001 and boosted investor confidence. Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) announced late on […]

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Hizmet’s role in global peace, interfaith dialogue highlighted in African conference

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The role of the Gulen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, has been highlighted during an international conference held in the Republic of Benin attended by African religious leaders and intellectuals. The Gulen movement is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen. The conference titled, “The Role of the Hizmet Movement in Promoting a Culture of Peace by Interfaith […]

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Thought & Practice Series: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

The Centre for Hizmet Studies is delighted to launch its latest report titled ‘A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’ by Ozcan Keles and Ismail Mesut Sezgin. This is the second publication in the ‘thought and practice’ series, the first being ‘Gulen on Dialogue’. The series aims both to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of Hizmet’s thought ad […]

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Turkey’s Balkan policy is a disaster

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by Abdullah Bozkurt – Turkey’s political Islamist oligarchy, after having consolidated power and effectively controlling every mechanism of the state, is now using cultural, historical and religious links to the Balkans as a means to advance religious fanaticism in southeastern Europe, trampling the rational and traditional interests of Turkey, which are grounded in boosting trade and strengthening stability and security […]

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Fethullah Gulen: ISIS Actions Contradict Quran

Fethullah Gulen: ISIL Actions Contradict Quran

The Alliance for Shared Values, where Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen is the honorary president, has issued a statement. Gulen has said that he deplores the brutal atrocities being committed by the terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric. “Any form of attack, suppression or persecution of minorities or innocent civilians is an act that contradicts the principles of the […]

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Gulen’s peace award: Upswing in Islam’s global image?

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For centuries, the relationship between western and Islamic civilization has been edgy, due largely to the misconceptions that each of the two civilizations have for each other. Series of international debates have been held across Europe, Asia and Africa on the conflict of between Islamic and other civilizations. Traditional and new media have been awash with divergent and more often […]

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Michael Rubin: ‘I may have misread the Gulen movement’ – Reconsidering Fethullah Gulen

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Fethullah Gulen, the 74-year-old Turkish Islamic thinker, has long been the subject of controversy in both American and Turkish policy circles. Born in Erzurum, Turkey, he taught and preached in Turkey for decades. His writings have focused on the interplay between religion, modernism, and interfaith tolerance, though his critics have suggested that his public and private statements were often at […]

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Targeted by Erdoğan, Turkish schools earn praise, offer success abroad

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Turkish schools established by educational volunteers affiliated with a movement inspired by teachings of Turkish scholar Fethullah Gulen receive widespread praise due to the quality of education they provide internationally, but for months they have been targeted by the Turkish president. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged a war against the Gülen movement since a major corruption investigation that implicated […]

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