Fethullah Gulen: I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy

By FETHULLAH GULEN During the attempted military coup in Turkey this month, I condemned it in the strongest terms. “Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force,” I said. “I pray to God for Turkey, for Turkish citizens, and for all those currently in Turkey that this situation is resolved peacefully and quickly.” Despite […]

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Contentions Gulen Schools and Rule-of-Law in Turkey

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By Michael Rubin – Much has been written about religious thinker Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmetmovement. To many, it is the most promising example of a peaceful movement to tie Islamic modernism to Western notions of liberalism. To others, it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I personally have often written quite critically of the movement. I have recently reconsidered some of […]

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The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way

The Gulen Movement and Islam’s Third Way

Over the past several years, the alleged opacity that surrounds the Gulen Movement has become a focus of many controversial debates in media and the wider society in Turkey and beyond. Commentators have been torn as to whether describe the Gulen Movement as a faith-based civil society movement or a religious group with political aspirations. Despite a diversity of analytical […]

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The captain who fights with his compass

The captain who fights with his compass

by Abdülhamit Bilici-Interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu cited the following as reasons for the election failure of his party: “We were poisoned by power, we were spoiled and we were arrogant.” There are others including lies, slanders, oppression and corruption; but he is right. A number of figures who sided with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when it […]

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A Festival of Dialogue Exploring Multiculturalism and Language Diversity

Michael Anthony Samuel

by Michael Anthony Samuel – At a dialogue festival in South Africa, teenagers embraced true multiculturalism and helped the author to envision a new world – one of harmony, respect, and engagement The opportunity for 15 countries to assemble beneath one banner under the South African sky is a feat all of its own. The massive background logistics to co-ordinate a […]

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General dissolution

Ali Bulac

The inclusion of the Muslim world in the modern history of the West has been the same in every major historical and geographical era. And this still remains the same today. The breaks and strong leaps in the modern histories of Turkey, Iran and Egypt have taken place almost at the same time. Iran was derailed for a brief period […]

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What went wrong in Turkey?

mustafa akyol

by Mustafa Akyol – About a decade ago, Turkey was widely seen as the shining star of the Muslim world – an increasingly liberal democracy and a booming economy led by a cadre of reformist Islamists united under the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Today, the same party is still in power, but there is little left shining about Turkey. […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan And The Albania’s Snub

Albania-Turkey

By Abdulkareem Ahmed – Events in the little but beautiful country of Albania caught my attention recently when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey called on the authorities of the small Balkan country to close Turkish schools within its shores. Like many others, the rationale behind the campaign by Erdogan to shut down Turkish schools abroad was a major puzzle, not until […]

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Turkey’s Balkan policy is a disaster

Abdullah Bozkurt Today's Zaman

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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Africa, Albania and Erdogan’s campaign against Turkish schools

Africa Turkish Schools

By Ademu Sadik – Nations that are not under colonial rule should operate as sovereign states with the ability to make laws and take decisions that concern their citizens. The responsibility of managing the affairs of the people in most countries are usually entrusted in the hands of certain persons who emerged either through elections or other selection processes depending […]

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