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Gulen Movement

The Gulen Movement is a global network of volunteers, teachers, intellectuals, business people and students who are inspired by Fethullah Gulen’s philosophy based on dialogue and peaceful coexistence. The movement originated in Turkey in the late 1970s as local educational initiatives and moved on to open schools in 110 countries globally, so called "Gulen Schools". This section of our website provides scholarly papers written on different aspects of the Gulen Movement as a social phenomenon. You can also read the writings by Fethullah Gulen from here.

1 Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Nostra Aetate and Fethullah Gülen’s Philosophy of Dialogue Aug 29, 2014 Salih Yucel
2 Turkey: Gatekeeper of the East and West Apr 25, 2014 Mitchell T. Zink
3 Conceptualizing Hizmet Apr 25, 2014 Annabel Hertz
4 “The Hizmet Movement and Social Movement Theory: Applicability or Irrelevancy?” Jan 04, 2014 Heather Marie Brown
5 The Gülen Movement and its Role in Turkish Civil and Political Society Jan 04, 2014 Walter Ratlif
6 Spiritual Leader in a Global Islamic Context Jan 05, 2010 Salih Yucel
7 Impressions from The Gülen Conference in Los Angeles Dec 11, 2009 Zeki Sarıtoprak (Rumi Forum, former President)
8 Intellectuals—the results Jul 08, 2008 Prospect Magazine
9 Turkish cleric Gülen tops intellectuals list Jun 23, 2008 Joshua Keating
10 Gulen Inspires Muslims Worldwide Jan 28, 2008 Oxford Analytica
11 The Urgency of Educational Reform in the United States of America: Lessons Learned from Fethullah Gülen Oct 05, 2006 Dr. Sheryl L. Santos
12 Gülen in Dialogue: Fethullah Gülen's Ideas in the Context of the Larger Humanities Oct 04, 2006 Dr. B. Jill Carroll
13 "The Cry of the Nightingale" Fethullah Gulen – A Modern-Day Rumi? May 04, 2006 Catherine B. Eustis
14 Fethullah Gülen as a Servant Leader May 04, 2006 Gurkan Celik & Yusuf Alan
15 Tolerance Is Love: Gülen, Ghazali, and Rûmî Nov 12, 2005 Jane B. Schlubach
16 A Modern Turkish-Islamic Reformist Dec 28, 2004 Bekim Agai

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International Conference: The Gulen Movement: Paradigms, Projects, and Aspirations.


Fethullah Gulen Awarded 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award

ikeda-ghandi-gulenMartin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College awarded its prestigious 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award to Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen in recognition of his life-long dedication to promoting peace and human rights. The chapel has been giving a community builders prize and a peace award since 2001. Past recipients of these awards include leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Andrew Young and Archbishop Desmund M. Tutu.

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FESTIVALJoin us for the International Festival of Language and Culture to celebrate the beautiful colors of the world with delightful performences on April 28.



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AFSV Statement on Chapel Hill Shootings

The Alliance for Shared Values strongly condemns the slaying of the three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It is heartbreaking to see the loss of young, innocent lives and to see the assault on peace and tolerance we so cherish in the U.S. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.

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Fethullah Gulen's Oped in New York Times: Turkey's Eroding Democracy


Turkey’s current leaders seem to claim an absolute mandate by virtue of winning elections. But victory doesn’t grant them permission to ignore the Constitution or suppress dissent, especially when election victories are built on crony capitalism and media subservience.

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Fethullah Gulen's Interview with the German Newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung


Fethullah Gulen gave an interview to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in December 2014. See full interview here






Rumi Forum Condemns the Attack on the French Magazine Charlie Hebdo

The Rumi Forum condemns, in the strongest terms, the heinous attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead and several others injured.

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Statement on Arrested Journalists in Turkey

The raids on Turkey’s top selling newspaper Zaman and prominent TV organization STV are profoundly disturbing to all of us who value democracy, tolerance and the role of a free press in safeguarding both.

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Fethullah Gulen Statement on ISIS

I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts.

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Honorary President

Fethullah Gulen Fethullah Gulen is regarded as the founder and inspirer of the global social movement known as the Hizmet (Service) Movement, more popularly known as the Gulen Movement.


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Fethullah Gulen Awarded 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award
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Atlanta, April 9, 2015 – Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College awarded its prestigious 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace...

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