Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen Movement in 100 questions

Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen Movement in 100 questionsThe Gülen Movement was born at a time when a rapid social change was taking place in Turkey. However, at the same time a parallel movement was taking place in the world: emergence of political Islam or politization of Islam, in response of globalization. What was transpiring in Turkey at the time? As rapid urbanization, class differentiation, and cultural shifts from village and small towns were flocking to the cities, alternative frames of reference were needed. A balance had to be struck between the traditional values that people were socialized in and modern values; these new behavioral patterns would help them to navigate through the challenges of modern city life.

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How can the headscarf issue (banning of headscarves in the public sector in Turkey) be resolved? Doğu Ergil
There are various sects within Islam. Is it a matter of freedom of religion and democracy for those adherents of sects to educate their children in their own ways, using their own methods? If it is not, what does Fethullah Gülen propose? Doğu Ergil
When was the Fethullah Gülen teaching transformed into a social movement? Doğu Ergil
What kind of individual and social needs is the movement responding to, such that in a short period of time it has spread to the entire nation and has even gone beyond the borders? Doğu Ergil
What was the Gülen Movement at its inception and how can it be described today? Doğu Ergil
Which social groups did the Gülen Movement appeal to at the beginning? Today which social groups does he see in the movement? Doğu Ergil
What differentiates Fethullah Gülen from other men of religion, enabling him to become the inspiration source of an increasingly widespread, modernizing movement? Doğu Ergil
What were the original goals of the circle gathering around Fethullah Gülen at the beginning? Doğu Ergil
How can Fethullah Gülen explain the fact that the Gülen Movement resonates in the large urban areas and with the recently urbanized and has become a social movement? Doğu Ergil
The Gülen Movement which is now international must coincide with global realities. When looked at from this perspective, what are the aims of the movement? Doğu Ergil