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 does Fethullah Gülen see the “individual”? To what extent should the individual have freedom vis-à-vis the state and religion? Doğu Ergil
What is his perspective on the environment and natural living? Doğu Ergil
Does Fethullah Gülen value art? Doğu Ergil
Does he encourage his followers to take an interest in art? Is he interested in any forms of art? Doğu Ergil
What is his concept of culture? What are the sources of Turkish cultural heritage? Doğu Ergil
Does he have any interest in sports? For instance, does he watch any games on TV? Does he encourage his followers to participate in sports? Have any well known athletes arisen in the movement? Doğu Ergil
Why does the Gülen Movement attach so much significance to education? Why does it run an educational mobilization? Doğu Ergil
What was the inspiration behind establishing schools and educating a new generation? How did he convince his followers that this was a good idea? Doğu Ergil
Where, when, and how were the schools first established? Doğu Ergil
What are the goals of the schools? What were they at the beginning and what are they now? Doğu Ergil