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This is one of the first academic books about Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish scholar and preacher, and the civic movement he inspired in Turkey and ultimately throughout the world. The movement is rooted in moderate Islam and is committed to educating youth, fostering interfaith and intercultural dialog, assisting the needy in society and contributing to global peace. Based on interview data and visits to Gülen-inspired institutions, the book describes the movement from a sociological perspective, especially through the lens of social movement theory. It is the first book, grounded in empirical methodology, to describe the movement to a Western audience. It will be of special interest to social scientists interested in religious movements, religious scholars seeking information on Islamic movements and the general public eager to discover a moderate Islam that promotes humanitarian projects.
Helen Rose Ebaugh, professor, University of Houston, received her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University in 1975 with specialties in organizational sociology and the sociology of religion. In addition to five research monographs and two edited books, she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sociological Analysis and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. She served as president of the national Association for the Sociology of Religion, helped organize and served as the first chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion and is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Ebaugh received two consecutive research grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts to study religion and the new immigrants in the United States. With a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, she studied inter-faith coalitions and their provision of social services. She routinely teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the sociology of religion and the study of world religions.
Excellent investigation about the Gulen Mouvement, recommend this book to everyone looking for information about this Mouvement seeking for peace through the education.Published 2 months ago by Leonard
This book provides an objective, thorough, in-depth analysis of the civic Gulen movement. From what I read, the author personally met and interviewed with many people who are... Read morePublished 13 months ago by U. Sakoglu
I was noticed the book in a web site [...] which include so many other Gulen Movement books. I highly recommend that book. You can not find much more books about this issue. Read morePublished 19 months ago by woodyallen22
This is the best book I have ever read about the Gulen Movement. It's clear and understandable. I think whoever wants detailed and solid info about the Gulen Movement should read... Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Eyup Yildiz
The author makes this guy look like a saint. Anyone who can keep up with the Middle Eastern press knows how this wolf in a sheep's clothing has been interfering in Turkish politics... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Vigolo
I was genuinely intrigued by the title and read the reviews, and purchased the book. However it was a disappointing read. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by hirier
The book gives fundamental information for someone who is interested in learning more about Fethullah Gulen and "Hizmet Movement". Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by High Maintenance
Financial resources of the movement and its structure are depicted very well.
Has an easily readable language, despite the academic content.
This book gives better and more objective view of Gulen Movement and Mr. Gulen's intentions to humanity as well as building peace and dialog in every part of world. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Volkan Kaya