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GülenThe Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World$
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Joshua D. Hendrick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770986

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770986.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The World’s Most Influential Public Intellectual

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Introduction
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Gülen
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Joshua D. Hendrick

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770986.003.0001

This book is a political ethnography that documents the emergence of the Gülen Movement (GM) as Turkey's most influential nonpartisan, nonmilitary social force and a primary player in the country's ongoing “passive revolution.” The GM was founded by M. Fethullah Gülen, the most widely known, and most controversial, religious personality in contemporary Turkey. Called “Hocaefendi” (esteemed teacher) by the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Turks who devote themselves to his teachings, Fethullah Gülen began to attracted a following when he worked as a religious functionary in Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). Drawing on fourteen months of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey and the United States, this book explores the GM story to highlight the “post-political” turn in twenty-first-century Muslim politics as well as the compatibility between traditional Islam and liberal modernity.

Keywords:   passive revolution, Gülen Movement, Turkey, Fethullah Gülen, Muslim politics, Islam, liberal modernity

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