A Life in Tears: Understanding Fethullah Gulen's Life and His Call to Service

A Life in Tears: Understanding Fethullah Gulen's Life and His Call to Service

by Salih Yucel


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Fethullah Gülen is a leading figure in the current Turkish socio-political context. Regardless of the impression different circles have about him, he is universally acknowledged as an accomplished scholar and independent thinker who has had a life in tears dreaming of a “golden generation,” but also a life spent in persecution and ongoing trials. This book goes beyond the current controversy around his name, and tries to explore Gülen as a scholar around his certain personal traits and some of the key concepts he has been emphasizing over the years to mobilize his audience. Based on a research that covers over seventy books, 564 sermons, over 500 talks by Gülen, more than fifty interviews of his close associates and friends aired on TV networks, and the author’s personal observations, this book is a useful reference for those who study scholarly traditions of Islam in general and Fethullah Gülen in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597849333
Publisher: Tughra Books
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Salih Yücel is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilization, Charles Sturt University in Australia. He also lectures at Australian Catholic University.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Chapter 1 A Scholar without Rest 3

Chapter 2 The Lost Paradise: Gülen on the Environment 37

Chapter 3 The Tears of Fethullah Gülen 59

Chapter 4 Gülen and Sayyidhood Leadership 95

Chapter 5 Renewal through Tamthil to Serve Islam and Humanity 135

Chapter 6 Fethullah Gülen's Effective Altruism 165

Chapter 7 Istighna as a Neglected Pillar of Islamic Service 187

Chapter 8 Gülen's Self-Exile in Pennsylvania 207


Selected Passages from Fethullah Gülen's Works 229

Bibliography 241

Index 251

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