Saturday, June 29, 2013

Gulen Movement: A shared bridge between the US and Islam - Peter J. Mehl

(Video Duration: 13 mins. 18 secs.)

Life is a shared bridge of “passing over” and “coming back.” It is a passing over to other cultures and faiths, not to disown one’s own heritage, but to come back to incorporate new wisdoms and insight into one’s own worldview. The Gülen Movement is one such bridge."
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Fethullah Gulen Calls for Unity and Friendship

(Video Duration: 1 min. 9 secs.)

Fethullah Gulen has always been an ardent advocate of peace no matter what issue, country or region is in question. Specifically, on the Kurdish issue, which is constantly high on agenda in Turkey, Gulen explicitly repeats his call for dialogue and education in resolution of the problems. According to Gulen, friendly relations between the people of the region will help restore past unity and peace the region enjoyed, which resonates with the opinion leaders and businessmen involved in the resolution of the problems.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ori Soltes on Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet Movement

(Video Duration : 5 mins. 49 secs.)

In parallel with his recent book “Embracing the World: Fethullah Gulen's Thought and Its Relationship with Jalaluddin Rumi and Others”, the professor Ori Soltes reflects on the Sufi aspects of the motive behind Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen movement’s activities. Parenthetically, the book not only explores the Sufism in thought but its practical implications in a broad context through action-based initiatives he has inspired.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Gulen Movement’s Financial Sources by Dr. Ebaugh

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 24 secs.)

Dr. Helen Rose Ebaugh answers one of the oft-voiced questions on the Gulen Movement: "Who is/are financing the movement’s projects?” or, as she straightforwardly puts it, “Where is the money coming from?”

Making references to her book, “The Gülen Movement: A Sociological Analysis of a Civic Movement Rooted in Moderate Islam” based on first-person interviews with supporters of the movement in Turkey and in the U.S. and visits to Gülen-inspired schools, hospitals, newspapers and relief organizations, Dr. Ebaugh presents a clear and concise profile of the movement’s donors and their motives for donating.
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