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Gülen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World Hardcover – August 12, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (August 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814770983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814770986
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this path-breaking ethnography of a modern Islamic movement that is educating millions of students across the globe, Hendrick brilliantly explains the strategies of the Gülen phenomena as an intersection of the spiritual and market-driven needs of his followers. This a definitive study of  how Muslim modernity is practiced among aspiring Muslim middle classes, an exceptional achievement because Hendrick avoids the twin pitfalls of demonization and cooption.  It will become a classic."-Paul M. Lubeck,Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies

"In a groundbreaking study, Joshua Hendrick provides us with the first comprehensive and dispassionate analysis of the worldwide Gülen movement. Theoretically sophisticated and brimming with unprecedented empirical insight, this volume will be essential reading for students and researchers in contemporary Islamic Studies as well as those seeking to understand the changing nature of social movements under globalization."-Peter Mandaville,author of Global Political Islam

"Essential reading for anyone interested in current political, economic, and religious trends in modern Turkey. This work is by far the best study to date of one of the most important and interesting Islamic movements of our times. A fascinating book."-Nancy Gallagher,University of California Santa Barbara

"Hendrick deserves to be commended for analyzing the Gülen movement in a comprehensive fashion.  The book, written in an engaging style, covers diverse issues, ranging from the movement's role in changing the balance of power in the Turkish media to its critics in the American charter school system.  This timely book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the Gülen movement."-Ahmet T. Kuru,Middle East Journal

"Dr. Hendrick's study is revealing and topical, and provides an objective, critical and balanced assessment of the Gülen movement.  Together with Berna Turam's earlier study of the same movement, it distinguishes itself as one of the very few studies of this topic that meets the strictures of nonpartisan academic scholarship." -Elisabeth Ozdalga,Contemporary Islam

About the Author

Joshua D. Hendrick is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He received his PhD and MA degrees in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his MA degree in cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muslimhumanist on October 14, 2013
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I have been waiting for a book like this for a long time. The Gulen movement is in many ways the most successful transnational Islamic movement in the world today. It is amazingly powerful. It has played a major role in the success of the right wing AKP government in Turkey, has ties to major Turkish business interests and has established schools to spread its influence all over the world including the U.S., where it is a major player in the charter school movement. It has major advocates in the security and policy making communities who see it as an antidote to Muslim fundamentalism. Sadly, most of the available writing about Fetullah Gulen and the Gulen movement verges on the hagiographical, lionizing Gulen as "a Muslim Martin Luther" or the harbinger of "the Muslim Enlightenment." Many Turkish Muslims however, especially those with progressive politics, would disagree noting the movements rightist political agenda and lack of transparency. This is the first scholarly book to take the movement seriously and address the concerns of its critiques. Based on intensive field work and a deep knowledge of the movement I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand Islam and politics in the contemporary world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yusuf on August 15, 2013
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This book just came out and I just started reading it. I am assuming this is an updated version of Hendrick's PhD dissertation (which I already read as well). I gave five stars because of the academic quality of the book and NOT because I like or agree with the ideas inside. More to follow soon.

Update: A little late, but better late than never :) I finished the book. There are parts that I do not agree with as a reader and as an academic doing a PhD on the same subject, but I still give it five stars to this because this is very QUALITY work. I would like to read more from this author in the future.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By david sorenson on January 19, 2014
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There is much to admire in this ambitious work on the Gulen movement, particularly the examination of the "marketization" of Islam. Hendrick did considerable field work in both Turkey and the U.S., and his interviews reveal much about the movement. His analysis of how the Gulenist organization and ideas have penetrated Turkey in particular is quite well done. But the book is also incomplete; what is missing is more about how this movement, led by a religious leader with no formal education has managed to gain and hold its adherents, and why its schools have been successful. More about the curriculum of Gulen schools might have taught us how they have penetrated both Turkey and the U.S.

Is the Gulen movement a cult, Hendrick says no, but I am not convinced. A relatively secretive organization organized around a single figure, using "armies of light" to create a "golden generation" sounds very cult-like to me. Dangerous? Probably not, but if the Gulenist-inspired Turkish courts could first charge and find guilty the upper core of the Turkish military and, later, leading figures in the current government, all on dubious evidence, that suggests that it could become dangerous even if it uses the legal system instead of violence.

Overall a good book, well worth the read, but still, it might have filled in some important details.
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