"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.