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.
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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
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