|Transnational Religious Nationalism in the New Turkey: The Case of Fethullah Gulen|
Joshua D. Hendrick of the University of Oregon discusses how the Gülen Movement has affected 21st century Turkish society.
|date:||6:00PM US Central (GMT −0500)|
Thursday, December 9, 2010
|location:||James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University|
|sponsor:||James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy|
Joshua D. Hendrick, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of international studies at the University of Oregon, addresses the conflict between Turkey’s secular and Islamic forces by explaining the organizational impact of the education and business community known as the Gülen Movement. The followers of Fethullah Gülen, one of Turkey's most famous and controversial religious personalities, attract a great deal of international attention because of the extent of their education network, which now spans over 100 countries and includes approximately 100 charter schools in the United States. “Gülen schools” receive international praise because of the high academic success rates of their students and the moderate brand of Islam exemplified by their Turkish schoolteachers and administrators. Hendrick’s extensive ethnographic fieldwork and research seeks to explain the movement’s emergence as Turkey’s most influential nonpartisan, nonmilitary social force. His work also examines the ways in which its participants aim to aid in the reform of Turkey’s power structure in line with the interests of a new 21st century conservative Muslim elite.
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