Astonishing questions about the failed coup attempt in Turkey

Many people watching the stunning events in Turkey believe that the coup attempt was nothing but a pure ‘theater.’ The leader of the coup was a pro-Erdogan General Mehmet Disli, brother of AKP deputy Saban Disli, who defines himself as Erdogan’s confidante. The poorly-planned coup attempt has started with the capture of Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge. Only one-way traffic was blocked. […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Fethullah Gulen: Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

Fethullah Gulen: ISIL Actions Contradict Quran

Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer, Denounce terrorism, defend human rights and promote education. As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist act carried out in the name of Islam profoundly affects all Muslims, alienating […]

Read more

Contentions Gulen Schools and Rule-of-Law in Turkey

fethullah gulen - michael rubin - gulen schools

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 […]

Read more

Top court annuls controversial law on prep school closure

Top court annuls controversial law on prep school closure

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has annulled a controversial law seeking to close down dershanes, or private preparatory schools, in a landmark ruling that will influence the lives and futures of millions of students, parents and teachers across the country. As millions of students and parents were waiting for the ruling of the Constitutional Court, the court decided to annul the legislation […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Kimse Yok Mu helps 2 million people across the world during Ramadan

Kimse Yok Mu helps 2 mln people across the world during Ramadan

Turkish charity association Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There?), which has operational activities in 113 countries around the world and 31 branches in Turkey, is planning to reach out to more than 2 million people worldwide by providing hot food at iftars (fast-breaking dinners) during the holy month of Ramadan. The charity also distributes Ramadan charity aid packages to 150,000 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more
1 2 3