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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (December 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402098936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402098932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John D. on December 30, 2009
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The book provides a detailed analysis on the motivation of millions of people who work for peace in the world.
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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on February 14, 2010
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We often see Muslims on the media as people affiliated with violence and terror. But is that the real picture of the Muslims all around the world. Absolutely not. Those few do the violence make to the media, those who do the good never do. Many thanks to the individuals like Professor Helen Ebaugh who is bringing those who do amazing good things to peoples' attentions. The Gulen movement is a must know for every individual living in the West and East. I'd strongly recommend everyone to read this great book. I greatly thank to the professor for writing about such a social phenomena so enlightening the west by informing about the good happening in your neck of the woods.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By the guy on February 17, 2010
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This is a very detailed analysis of Gulen movement. There are many statistics that I did not know. The part about financing of Gulen movement was very interesting. Some doctors were giving 40% of their income to Gulen movement. For example they gave 40000$ out of their 120000 dolar income.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Berk on April 19, 2010
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The value of this book comes from its source. It is a result of first-person interviews of a wide range of people from the movement. The author is someone knowledgeable enough to answer questions about the movement herself, as a result of intentional and focused interviews.
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.
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Reviewed by: Sebahattin Ziyanak, Ph.D.

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?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The real deal on March 8, 2010
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The book presents a very nice and objective overview of the Gulen Movement. Dr. Ebaugh met with the volunteers of the movement to have a better understanding of the Gulen movement and the motivations of these volunteers. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a scholarly opinion about Gulen Movement.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Muzaffer M. Tabanli on February 28, 2010
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Before I read the book I had two questions. First how can the discourse of an academic book reflects the warmness of Mr. Gulen and the people that he inspired. As someone who is closely following the movement for two decades, my second question was what can she tell me other than what I already know. After I read the book my both questions are answered in a positive way.

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.
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