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The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam Paperback – December 23, 2009
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
You may want to read it because:
1-)it is a story of an inspiring man who was able to mobilize millions to work for the society without any expectation.
2-) it has a comprehensive anlaysis and many real life cases about the financial sources of the Gulen Movement.
3-)it has many references to academic sources that make the arguments presented reliable, yet it is written in such a way that makes it easy to read.
4-) you may want to spend more time for your local community after reading it.
This is a unique book in this area because it is written by someone who happens to learn about the movement later in her life and she is from the western part of the world. She knew what questions to ask.
A must read who started to learn about the movement.
Research Fellow, Houston, TX, USA
Professor Helen Rose Ebaugh presents a comparative sociological analysis about Fethullah Gulen and a civic movement rooted in moderate Islam that he inspired in Turkey and eventually throughout the world. Ebaugh covers many, many issues, including: Islam and the State throughout Turkish History, the secularism of Ataturk, the major ideas promoted by Fethullah Gulen, interfaith and intercultural dialog, raising money for Gulen-inspired projects, major concepts in Turkish culture related to giving, financing of Gulen-inspired projects, and patterns within Gulen-inspired institutions.
Turkey is a distinctive country in many ways and the author reveals this distinctiveness, mainly after the growth and visibility of moderate or nonviolent Muslim movements. Within these parameters, the significance of the Hizmet movement can be understood in the context of Turkish history. Ebaugh argues that the "Gulen movement is one strong example of moderate Islam in the contemporary world" (p. 2).
The author divides the book into seven chapters in a logical order. In the first chapter, Professor Ebaugh focuses on the recent media attention in the Hizmet movement by narrating how a number of widely and reputable journals' note of Mr. Gulen and his many service projects; such as schools, dormitories, and hospitals.
Professor Ebaugh opens the book with these questions: "What is the Gulen movement that now claims millions of followers worldwide and is attracting such financial resources that suspicions are being raised that some government must be behind the movement?" and "Is Mr. Gulen a Gandhi as some followers claim or a Khomeini as many critics fear?Read more ›
First of all, the author carefully included comments of the people that she interviewed which carried the warm breeze of the Anatolian people. She also highlighted the elements from the Anatolian culture which nurtured the movement and underlined the motivational elements. She finally gave sound, rational and substantiated answers to those who (still) fears the movement.
I congratulate Helen Rose Ebaugh and recommend this book, not only to readers who are interested in Turkey and Islam, but also to those who are involved with humanitarian and civic movements all around the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent investigation about the Gulen Mouvement, recommend this book to everyone looking for information about this Mouvement seeking for peace through the education.Published 16 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 on October 6, 2013 by U. Zak.
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 on April 3, 2013 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