Mardin in Southeast Turkey has suffered ethno-religious conflict for more than two decades. Mehmet Kalyoncu presents an extensive analysis on the activities of the Gülen movement as an antidote to this conflict. How the local people of different ethno-religious backgrounds mobilized and participated, how this eased ethno-religious tensions, and how the work of volunteers minimized support for terrorist organizations such as the PKK and Hizbullah, illustrates the appeal of Gülen's and the movement's ideas to people of diverse ethno-religious backgrounds. The success of movement participants in Mardin lays possible guidelines for tackling ethno-religious conflicts elsewhere in the world.
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About the Author
Mehmet Kalyoncu is a journalist and international analyst.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Gülen and the Origins of the Movement 1
Chapter 2 The Gülen Movement and Diffusion Theory 9
Chapter 3 The Hizmet Discourse of the Gülen Movement 19
Chapter 4 Emergence and Development in Mardin 41
Chapter 5 Gülen-inspired Institutions in Mardin 69
Chapter 6 Conclusion 85
Appendix Photographs 93