Fethullah Hodja and Politics

The most important special characteristic, as opposed to political Islamic movements declaring war on local Islamic traditions, is that Fethullah Hodja's followers defend these traditions. They interpret Islam based on them and challenge political Islam-perhaps even the spirit of the times. As derivatives of this special feature, his followers accept difference instead of rejecting it, thereby gaining new vitality for Anatolian traditions through civil associations and foundations, and interpret Islam in a way that suits current traditions. 7/13/95
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