Father Alexei Smith: ‘Gulen Movement is a shiny beacon in the Islamic world’

Father Alexei Smith: 'Gulen Movement is a shiny beacon in the Islamic world'

Father Alexei Smith served as an elected member of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for six years, and currently is a member of the Spirituality Commission of the Archdiocese. He served as president of the Interreligious Council of Southern California for five years. In 2007, he awarded the prestigious Religious Leadership Award of the Valley […]

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Dr. Zaman Stanizai: ‘Hizmet Movement is to serve humanity’

Zaman Stanizai on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (aka the Gulen Movement)

Dr. Zaman Stanizai is a Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and he teaches Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written on political theory with emphasis on the viability of third world states encountering globalization, and on political identity focusing on the politicization of ethnic, national, and religious identities […]

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Ahmed Rehab: ‘Fethullah Gulen is one of the most important leaders in the world’

Ahmed Rehab on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet

Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Chicago, Ahmed Rehab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in software engineering from DePaul University. Adjunct lecturer at American Islamic College, Rehab also serves as the Board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Some quotes from Mr. […]

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Dr. Philip Clayton: ‘Hizmet movement devoted itself to the project of service’

Dr. Philip Clayton Hizmet Fethullah Gulen

Dr. Philip Clayton is the Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology. He received dual PhDs from Yale in philosophy and theology and held posts at Williams College and the California State University, as well as guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. He is a leading advocate for interreligious dialogue, […]

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Elizabeth Munisoglu: “The right of a free press is the bulwark against intrusions onto personal liberty.”

Elizabeth Munisoglu Press Freedom Fethullah Gulen

Elizabeth Munisoglu is a Commissioner at State of California Superior Court, Los Angeles County. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1988. Munisoglu specialized in criminal law, and served as the Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney for 18 years. “I discovered that in 1787, when the Constitutional Convention was being held, George Washington […]

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Dr. Amir Hussain: “Hizmet Movement is perhaps the best face that Islam can have to say, ‘Here we are as Muslims.'”

Dr. Amir Hussain Hizmet Fethullah Gulen

Dr. Amir Hussain is a professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has written numerous scholarly articles, and his area of research is on the study of Islam, specifically contemporary Muslim societies in North America. In his talk, Amir Hussain focuses on Hizmet Movement‘s drive to “go out into the world as Muslims” and “do service, […]

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Dr. Sophia Pandya: “Hizmet is the attempt to celebrate all of humanity.”

Sophia Pandya on Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet

Dr. Pandya specializes in women, religion, and globalization. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UCSB in Religious Studies, with a focus on women and Islam. She co-edited the book titled The Gulen Hizmet Movement and its Transnational Activities: Case Studies of Altruistic Activism in Contemporary Islam. Dr. Pandya describes […]

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Jihad Turk: “Unfortunately in today’s world, many Muslims are in a psychological state of despair”

Jihad Turk Hizmet Fethullah Gulen

Jihad Turk is a founding Board Member of Claremont Lincoln University. He is the President of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to train Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California. “As an American Muslim, we are a minority in this country, and the Muslims here […]

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